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Cuts to nursery education put on hold

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Changes to nursery education are on hold, at least temporarily, after the Council were served with papers indicating that formal legal action is to be initiated against the decision to cut provision from full time to 15 hours a week.
'Parents against the cuts to education in RCT' have been campaigning strongly since the outset, and were not daunted by the Cabinet decision in January to press ahead with their proposals.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell said
"The campaign has been solid since the start and parents have been determined not to let the Council take away what they see as an essential provision.
"There is a strong feeling of resentment and anger that the Council made this decision purely on financial grounds and did not listen to any of the very valid points put to them during the consultation.
"Indeed at the Cabinet meeting where the decision was made the Cabinet Member for Education said that they had read as many of the responses as they could - one wonders whether these were carefully chosen.
"The feedback report was very poor, and many of the points that had been raised were not included in it. Again it raises the question of whether it was written just to fit a decision that had already been arrived at."
A judicial review of the case will look at the processes which were adopted by the Council and whether the decision needs to be looked at again.
RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager Karen Roberts added
"This does not necessarily mean that the changes will not go ahead, but it will hold up the process and will certainly give the Council pause for thought. It also sends a very strong message that residents will not be silent on issues that matter.
"Cuts have to be made, and we have agreed with many of those proposed, but this one is just wrong."
Schools have been issued with notices telling them not to take any "irrevocable steps" such as issuing redundancy notices until the Council's solicitors have had chance to respond. They have to respond to the parents lawyers by 11th March.
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