Union anger over Sunderland nursery closure

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A WEARSIDE nursery which provides childcare for civil servants is to close.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is to close Waterview Park Nursery in August 2015, replacing it with a nursery voucher system.

The nursery – a childcare facility for those working for HMRC at Waterview Park, which houses the child benefit office – is one of three to close in the region.

Benton Park View and Tyneview Park are also affected.

The nurseries offer more than 180 full-time equivalent childcare spaces to HMRC and DWP working parents working on the sites, who pay the appropriate fees.

Julie Young, northern regional organiser for the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), said: “Though PCS is glad that the date of closure has been put back by almost a year, we will be launching a high-profile campaign to save these nurseries, both for the members who use them and for the staff who work in them who PCS also represent.

“The support measures, while welcome, do not go far enough, and if we lose these nurseries now, they are gone for good, so future generations will not be able to benefit.”