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Public Service: Bolton

Education written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Yasmin Qureshi Yasmin Qureshi Labour, Bolton South East

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the potential future cost to public services in Bolton borough of the change in his Department's funding for early intervention.

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

The Department does not make such estimates. Local authorities are responsible for early intervention and other public services in their areas. The Government have made available £2.2 billion in 2011-12 and £2.3 billion in 2012-13 in the Early Intervention Grant (EIG) to local authorities. Further information is available at:

http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/earlylearningandchildcare/a0070357/early-intervention-grant-frequently-asked-questions/

The EIG is an un-ring-fenced and un-hypothecated funding stream that gives local authorities greater flexibility to target resources strategically and to intervene early to improve outcomes for children, young people and families. It is up to local authorities to judge how best to use this funding for their local communities, taking account of local need and evidence of what is most effective.

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