Childcare - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:23 am on 6th June 2019.

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Photo of Lord Blunkett Lord Blunkett Labour 11:23 am, 6th June 2019

My Lords, let me try to blend the two questions. Nine years ago this month, the coalition Government, in the first round of austerity measures, dealt a mortal blow to the Sure Start programme. Although Sure Start is more than childcare and healthcare, the recently issued IFS report unequivocally demonstrates its value in terms of health outcomes. Surely reinvesting in the original local Sure Start programmes will ensure that children are properly nurtured and parents are engaged in parenting programmes that will stop children being taken into care in the first place.