From 12 September to 12 December 2016 the Council consulted on proposals on the future shape of children’s centres, nurseries, libraries and youth services. The outcomes of the consultation will be reported to the City Council’s Cabinet on 7 March 2017, with recommendations for consideration and decision.
Coventry City Council has identified savings plans that will change the way its library services, children’s centres, nurseries and youth services are provided in the city. The plan will save the local authority £2.4m in 2017/18 and £3.5m in 2018/19. This will include a reduction of around 85 full time equivalent posts.
No libraries will close through these proposals. Earlsdon, Finham and Cheylesmore and libraries will start a transition to become community-led libraries, discussions will continue to enable the transition of Caludon library and the decision about Coundon library will be deferred to develop future options.
The proposals would mean that some children’s centres become family hubs, providing targeted services to children and young people up to the age of 19 in key areas of Coventry.
The Council’s contribution to the delivery of universal youth services across the city would end. A targeted and specialist youth offer focused on the hardest to reach and most vulnerable young people will remain as part of the Family Hub model.
The Council has received a lot of interest in running some youth services from the voluntary and community sector. This will now be explored with the help of a Transition Fund of £525,000 set up to facilitate the process.
Eight children’s centres in Bell Green, Foleshill, Tile Hill, Radford, Moat House, Middle Ride, Gosford Park and Hillfields are proposed to become family hubs, providing a range of services for 0 to 19 year olds (including nursery provision where it can be delivered by schools or private, voluntary and independent nursery providers instead of the Council and where there are not enough places available).
Contracts will end with three children’s centres at Tommies, Flutterbies and Valley House by the end of May. The services provided by these centres will transfer to the remaining children's centres in the interim before full implementation of the Family Hub model.
Five of the former children’s centres will see continued or increased nursery provision for two to four year olds, where schools or private, voluntary and independent nursery providers are proposing to deliver the service instead of the Council. Where this is not possible, any existing Council provided nursery provision will cease.
Since 2010 the Council has lost £95 million a year in government grant funding, with cuts rising to £119 million a year by 2020 – more than half the Council’s overall budget of 2010.
During the consultation period, we held a series of local events for people to come and talk to us about our proposals. You can view reports on the feedback received at the workshops on the consultation events page.
Our Scrutiny Co-ordination Committee discussed the consultation and emerging themes at a meeting on 9 November 2016. Further details of the meeting and the report about what people have told us so far are available.
We are continuing to work with organisations, residents and community groups around their role in the delivery of services in communities and further information can be found on these webpages.