Why is this review taking place?
Over the past four years Devon County Council has reduced its spending from £600 million a year to £500 million by cutting waste, reducing management and staff numbers. The latest Government spending review means we now need to save a further £100 million over the next three years. To do this we have to look again at everything we do and make tough choices about a number of services, including Children’s Centre Services.
Even without the financial pressures, we have already seen the need to review how Children’s Centre Services are delivered, to make them more flexible, efficient and effective. As the current contracts are coming to an end, this is our first opportunity to look at how these services should be delivered in the future.