To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has had discussions with the Prime Minister or other Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of the appointment of a Cabinet Minister to oversee implementation of the Government’s Best Start for Life vision for the 1,001 critical days, published on 25 March 2021.
The report of the Early Years Healthy Development Review, published in March 2021, committed that a Cabinet Minister will oversee implementation of the agreed actions from the review and ensuring that Start for Life is kept at the heart of policy-making decisions across Government. The timing and nature of appointments to the Cabinet are at the discretion of the Prime Minister. A decision on responsibilities will be made in due course.
Implementation of many of the actions set out in the report is underway. The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced an investment of £500 million over the next three years to transform Start for Life and family help services in half of upper tier local authorities in England in the recent Spending Review. This includes £200 million for the supporting families programme.