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National charity folds due to funding pressures

JANUARY 21, 2020

National charity 4Children closes due to funding pressures, with Action for Children taking on the vast majority of its existing work.

Earlier this week the charity 4Children, which delivers childcare, family support and youth services, announced it would close due to funding pressures, with staff and settings to be transferred to Action for Children, local authorities and other providers.

4Children delivered a range of services including childcare, family support and youth services across 151 settings, with 93 transferring to Action for Children, 53 to local authorities or other providers, and four set for closure and the future of one still undecided.

The closure will affect 1,023 staff, with redundancy notices issued to 85 employees, and with 727 transferring to Action for Children and 207 transferring to a local authority or other provider.

The charity has cited funding pressures for the decision to close and it has become clear that it was running an annual deficit of £2.8m prior to its collapse.

Unite officer Lindsey Olliver said “We already have a national agreement in place with Action for Children and will be working hard to ensure that the working rights and terms of employment of our members previously employed by 4Children are fully protected and that there is a smooth transition for all at this worrying time.”

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(Photo credit Ian Edwards)

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