Sure Start

Education and Skills written question – answered on 26th May 2005.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the amount of funding for Sure Start centres which will be required from sources other than public funds in each financial year up to 2015; and from where funding is expected to come.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Children), Department for Education and Skills, Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Children, Young People and Families)

Local authorities will have the responsibility to develop children's centres to meet the needs of their communities building on existing provision such as Sure Start Local Programmes, neighbourhood nurseries and primary schools. Local authorities were given their funding allocations for children's centres in early April. The Department has not estimated how much additional funding will be given to children's centres from sources other than public funds. However centres will provide services that have grown from a range of existing provisions which have a number of funding streams eg health services, Jobcentre-Plus, family support and early education. They will also often include private sector funded services such as childcare nurseries or training of staff. Centres would also be able to generate additional revenues by charging parents for some of their services such as childcare.

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John Hemming MP
Posted on 9 Jun 2005 10:27 pm (Report this annotation)

We always wondered where the funding gap would be filled from. The answer is by charging parents. The Sure Start centres are generally in quite poor areas.

This should be quite a big issue, but I have not had the time to publicise it.

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