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A THOROUGH review of the needs of disadvantaged communities will be done before a decision on the long term future of Calderdale Children’s Centres is made.

The cabinet had been due to set a date to begin commissioning services in each centre, rather than directly providing them, which could save £1 million a year in staffing costs.

But the decision has been postponed pending the review of disadvantage communities, which the centres are designed to serve.

There are fears that nursery workers in some centres will be axed and as many as 63 jobs could be at risk.

Five nurseries were originally singled out, two of which were in the Brighouse area Wellholme and Field Lane, but the review has now been extended to the way all 19 children’s centres operate.

Children’s services spokeswoman Coun Megan Swift said: “We have to recommission the children’s centres that are presently run by voluntary sector organisations by March, 2013.”

The council has promised to fully consult staff, trades unions and parents before making any changes to children’s centres, which are due to come into effect in April 2014.