Wirral MP joins fight to save day nursery from closure

Wirral Globe: Campaigning parents at Riverbank Nursery Campaigning parents at Riverbank Nursery

BIRKENHEAD MP Frank Field has joined parents in their fight against the planned closure of a children's day nursery in his constituency.

Riverbank Nursery in Woodside is owned by the Department for Work and Pensions. It was built to provide on-site nursery provision for staff working at the Birkenhead branch of the Child Maintenance Group.

But its users have now been told by the government department that it is closing the facility in September to cut costs.

The decision has devastated parents, who say it will lead to undue stress in the search for a replacement nursery.

Mr Field has written to the DWP urging them to reverse the decision or take steps to ensure parents can still be able to access high-quality nursery provision without being made worse off.

But it has emerged in the DWP's reply to Frank that parents will be made worse off by the decision, as the replacement subsidy being offered to parents will reduce their entitlement to tax credits.

Mr Field said: "There is a perfectly clear reason why the Riverbank Nursery has proved so popular with parents over the years.

"Its staff have built up incredibly strong bonds with the children and in doing so have been able to provide top-class childcare.

"For the department to tell parents they can no longer access this, and to make them worse off in the process, is appalling."

In a statement, the DWP said: "The contract was due to expire and on review we felt that ongoing workplace nursery provision was no longer appropriate.

"Alternative provision exists, including a DWP employee salary sacrifice scheme. This allows employers to purchase childcare vouchers and make significant savings through tax relief, saving up to £933 per year per parent.

"We have given parents as much notice as we can, and are also offering a day's special leave providing more time for them to make a suitable arrangement."

 

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12:16pm Mon 14 Jul 14

bigfoot says...

Frank your work isn't done yet,what about your Council chums closure plans?
Frank your work isn't done yet,what about your Council chums closure plans? bigfoot
  • Score: 5

1:19pm Mon 14 Jul 14

JohnON says...

bigfoot wrote:
Frank your work isn't done yet,what about your Council chums closure plans?
Pfft!

Opposing a government department is one thing. Having the bottle to disrupt his own cushy little gravy train is something entirely different.
[quote][p][bold]bigfoot[/bold] wrote: Frank your work isn't done yet,what about your Council chums closure plans?[/p][/quote]Pfft! Opposing a government department is one thing. Having the bottle to disrupt his own cushy little gravy train is something entirely different. JohnON
  • Score: 4

1:52pm Mon 14 Jul 14

PaulCa says...

He even got the name of Lyndale School wrong, calling it "Lynwood".

Not his patch, but he's been conspicuous by his absence whilst his chumz at the Council continue to wield the axe across his own constituency.

Total, self-serving dissembler.
He even got the name of Lyndale School wrong, calling it "Lynwood". Not his patch, but he's been conspicuous by his absence whilst his chumz at the Council continue to wield the axe across his own constituency. Total, self-serving dissembler. PaulCa
  • Score: 3

1:56pm Mon 14 Jul 14

tiprat says...

If the nursery is a viable business, why don't the management take it over?
If it's not...sorry, but welcome to the real world
If the nursery is a viable business, why don't the management take it over? If it's not...sorry, but welcome to the real world tiprat
  • Score: 0
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