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Nottinghamshire County Council is scrapping a mental health scheme, and Labour councillors accuse Conservative of targeting vulnerable women

A row has broken out over a decision to scrap a mental health scheme which helps pregnant women and new mothers.

Nottinghamshire County Council says the change will help streamline services, and ensure women receive mental healthcare in the best way possible.

Labour has accused the Conservatives of targetting vulnerable women by making callous and incompetent cuts.

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The mental health scheme, known as Footsteps, is a volunteer-led peer-to-peer service, where mums help other mums and pregnant women going through mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

The council said 53% of women who responded to a survey found there was an improvement in their mental wellbeing.

Now, the council will direct women directly to NHS services.

Changes are being made to early intervention speech therapists, with estimates two-thirds could be cut from the budget.

The new changes are centred around children’s centres, which aim to provide wrap-around care and early intervention for the most-vulnerable families.

The contract for the centres is being brought back in house by the council in June, and services are being cut in a bid to save £1m from a £10.4m budget.

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