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Child Care

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Owen Smith Owen Smith Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many childcare places his Department provides on its estate; what the cost is of providing such places; how many such places his Department provided in 2010; what the cost was of providing such places in 2010; what plans he has for changes in the provision of such childcare places; and what the number of places will be once any such changes have been implemented.

Photo of Mark Hoban Mark Hoban The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

DWP has nursery provision for three of its sites: Glasgow; Leeds; and London (Westminster). DWP staff also utilise provision through a Department of Education site in Sheffield. Department of Health staffs also access the DWP facility in Leeds. Costs identified are for staff subsidies only, the costs for the estate are contained within the overall estate cost but we assume this to be de minimus for nursery provision. There are no plans formally to review the overall provision. However, the appropriateness, viability and cost of local arrangements will continue to be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

DWP child care provision
Location Capacity Costs (£)(1)
  2010 2012 2010-11 2011-12
Glasgow 49 49 Nil Nil
Leeds 46 46 24,600 20,609
London (Westminster) 31 31 11,100 6,563
Sheffield (2) (2) 44,480 53,443
(1 )April to March. (2 )Not known. Notes: 1. The Glasgow and London facilities are within DWP estates and are managed by DWP. 2. The Leeds facility is within the DWP/DoH estate, but is managed by DWP. 3. The Sheffield facility is within the Department for Education estate, which is accessed by DWP staff resulting in a cost to DWP.

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