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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will define the phrase "disadvantaged areas" as used for determining resources via the National Childcare Strategy.
"Disadvantaged Areas" are, for the purposes of the allocation of funding for the National Childcare Strategy, defined as those wards calculated to be the 20 per cent. most disadvantaged nationally against the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) index of multiple deprivation. In some cases, grants may also be made for pockets of disadvantage where it is identified that levels of deprivation are at an equivalent level to those wards in the 20 per cent. most disadvantaged banding.