Sure Start

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Howard Stoate Howard Stoate Labour, Dartford

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2008, Official Report, column 666W, on Sure Start, what discussions his Department has had with Kent County Council on the allocation of its ring-fenced Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant since 9 January 2008; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Children, Young People and Families; Minister for the North West), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children and Youth Justice) (and Minister for the North West)

There have been no further discussions between officials in the Department and Kent county council on the allocation of the ring-fenced Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant since my response to my hon. Friend Derek Wyatt question on 9 January 2008. Together for Children, the consortium we have appointed to support local authorities during the development of Sure Start Children's Centres, are, however, in discussion with Kent county council's Early Years Officers about their future plans for children's centres. The memorandum of grant for 2008-09, referred to in my earlier answer, will be issued to Kent county council shortly. This will set out the conditions attached to the Grant and make clear that the ring fenced grant can only be used for services in Sure Start Local Programmes (SSLPs), and centres based on SSLPs, and cannot be used for new children's centres.

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