Pen Green protest ahead of crunch funding meeting

The Corby children's centre is facing an uncertain future

By Kate Cronin
Saturday, 26th March 2022, 6:20 am
A previous protest when Pen Green's funding was threatened back in 2016
A previous protest when Pen Green's funding was threatened back in 2016

Supporters of a renowned Corby children's centre will march through the streets of the town on Tuesday ahead of a council meeting that will decide its future.

The Pen Green Centre is facing a funding cliff-edge that may see its annual grant from North Northamptonshire Council drop by 78 per cent.

The centre has been challenging the decision and this week held a Westminster meeting with Will Quince, Minister for Childcare, to argue the case for more Government funding.

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On Tuesday (March 29) supporters of the centre including staff, governors, parents and childrenn, will march up and down Rockingham Road from 8.30am.

Then a group will move to the Corby Cube from 9.30am ahead of a special North Northamptonshire Council executive meeting which has been called to discuss the cuts and make a decision on the funding of Pen Green for the coming financial year.

The agenda proposes a choice of funding models that will see Pen Green lose out.

A message from Pen Green to supporters says: "We want to make our voices heard and need your help! If you can join us, please do, either outside Pen Green or at the Cube - every voice matters."