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Council spares scheme for needy kids
8:00am Sunday 6th October 2013 in News
COUNCILLORS have agreed to continue a partnership helping children going through hardship in Chelmsford.
During an Overview and Scrutiny meeting at Chelmsford Council on Monday a recommendation was made to take Mid Essex Children’s Partnership off the authority’s significant partnerships.
The partnership covers Chelmsford, Braintree and Maldon with the aim of working with councils, voluntary and community groups to ensure children, young people and their families have a better quality of life.
The reasoning behind the removal was due to a review into how it is run which authority bosses felt were not of “key strategic importance” to the council.
However, committee members decided against the plan as they believed it was important for them to help youngsters in the city who are helped by services from the partnership.
Springfield North councillor Paul Hutchinson felt taking the partnership off the list would not look good on the council especially as he believed children struggling in life should be helped.
He said: “I think for us to agree that we remove it from the list does send out the wrong message.
“All the other partnerships are cold subjects, whereas this is one that deals with people and the most vulnerable people in our society.
“These young children are the future of our city and society in general. Unless we have a strategy which we are fully committed to, I don’t think the public at large will think we are giving children the support and recognition they so desperately need.”
His remarks were echoed by committee vice-chairman Philip Wilson who believed it was of great importance to watch over young people in the city in trouble.
He said: “We need to keep a clear eye on it. We need to be ever more vigilant in that area.”
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