Havering Council send out letters of reassurance after last week’s front page

PUBLISHED: 14:41 18 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:41 18 August 2016

Children enjoying a Home-Start Havering music and movement class.

Children enjoying a Home-Start Havering music and movement class.


The council has sent out letters of “reassurance” to families after the Recorder reported it was cutting funding for a charity which provides children’s services.

Home-start Havering has been running play groups and one-to-one support sessions since 1999 in the borough but has been told that Havering Council will no longer fund them.

The letter from Neil Sawyer’s seen by the Recorder, said the council wanted to reassure service users that play sessions would still run.

Councillor Robert Benham, cabinet member for children and learning, said a letter was sent out “to provide reassurance”.

“As we say in our letter, and despite the tone of the article, the services involved will actually be growing, and will continue to be offered free of charge for parents and carers to enjoy with their children,” he said.

“A full programme of events is being sent out this week.”

“We hope that we have succeeded in reassuring both parents and children that they can be confident about the future of these important services.”

Last week Home-Start Havering’s scheme manager Lorraine Clear called the cuts a “false economy” and argued they would prove more expensive in the long run.

“It will not be a saving of £59,000 as they will have to employ more staff to run the services,” she said

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