Children's Centres: Disadvantaged

Education written question – answered on 8th March 2011.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that vulnerable families living in areas not identified as disadvantaged have access to a children's centre.

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

Sure Start children's centres are at the heart of the Government's vision for early intervention.

The Government have included enough funding within the early intervention grant to maintain the national network of children's centres and local authorities have a statutory duty to consult before opening, closing or significantly changing children's centres and to secure sufficient centre provision to meet local need so far as is reasonably practical. We have provided important new investment in 4,200 additional health visitors who will play a key role in supporting those families most in need.

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