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Children’s Centres: Finance

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 19 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to fund children's centres in the comprehensive spending review. (142718)

The DfES settlement for the comprehensive spending review period (2008-09 to 2010-11) was announced at Budget 2007. This included an announcement of increased expenditure for Sure Start, child care and early years of at least £340 million by 2010-11 compared to 2007-08—leading to a total of over £1.6 billion.

These additional resources include sufficient funding to meet the target for a national network of 3,500 Sure Start children's centres by 2010, one for every community in the country.