Equality — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:44 pm on 8 February 2011.

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Photo of Lord Sassoon Lord Sassoon The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury 2:44, 8 February 2011

My Lords, Frank Field's work will indeed inform the child poverty strategy, which, as I said, will be coming forward by the end of March this year. In relation to his reported comments in the newspapers, the Government have introduced an early intervention grant amounting to £2.2 billion, rising to almost £2.3 billion in 2012-13. It is up to local authorities how they spend that and their other resources. We have taken away significant numbers of the ring-fenced targets that they had to meet. They have money with which to keep the existing network of children's centres open and they have obligations under the Childcare Act 2006, but it is a decision for the local authorities.