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Until March 2011, funding for Sure Start Children's Centres was included in the Sure Start Early Years and Childcare Grant (SSEYCG). From April 2011, the Early Intervention Grant replaced a number of previous funding streams including the SSEYCG.
The Early Intervention Grant is unringfenced and unhypothecated to allow local authorities to make funding decisions according to local needs. Since funding decisions are devolved to local authorities, it is not possible for us to provide a breakdown of funding by constituency. Birmingham City Council's Early Intervention Grant allocation was £64,771,476 in 2012-13. Funding levels for 2013-14 have not yet been announced.
Under the proposed Local Government Finance Bill 2012, the Early Intervention Grant—along with a number of other central Government grants—will become part of the new local government funding scheme in 2013-14. These changes are set out in a Department for Communities and Local Government paper published on
The Department for Communities and Local Government will be consulting on the technical detail of the new funding arrangements in the summer.