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Nursery decision called in – yet again.

February 20, 2015 11:00 AM

Never being one to give in without a fight Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell has instigated a "call-in" over the decision by RCT Council to cut nursery education from full time to fifteen hours a week.

Working alongside Plaid's Cllr Jarman and Independent Cllr Paul Wasley Mike has submitted a request for the Education Scrutiny Committee to look again at the decision and decide whether it should be referred back to Cabinet.

Cllr Powell said

"It is, in all honesty, unlikely that the committee, which is made up largely of Labour members, is going to go against the Cabinet decision, but every avenue has to be explored.

"The Cabinet tried this before and ended up on the wrong side of a court decision when the judge agreed their decision was unlawful. The dedicated band of parents who took them to court last time will I am sure be looking to go down the same route again this time and in order to strengthen that case they will have to show the decision has been subject to full scrutiny.

"There always has been agreement from the opposition benches that this move is wrong. It is a shame that no lessons have been learned by the Labour members in control."

A call in notice must be signed by at least three members from at least two political groups and once a Member has signed a request for call-in he/she may not do so again for two months.