Children's Centres: Operating Costs

Education written question – answered on 4th March 2011.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate his Department has made of the average administration costs of Sure Start children centres nationally.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

holding answer 14 February 2011

The Department for Education does not currently collect data on the administration costs of Sure Start Children's Centres nationally. The National Audit Office (NAO) provided analysis of children's centres administration costs to the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee in December 2009-it is available from the NAO website at:

http://www.nao.org.uk/publications/0910/sure_start _childrens_centres.aspx

We have consulted on changes to data which local authorities are required to report on their expenditure on children's services. From 2011-12, local authority expenditure on Sure Start Children's Centres will be published, including how much funding is held back for local authority central administration costs, and how much is spent on front line services.

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