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Childcare: Finance

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what funds are available to local authorities for provision under the forthcoming childcare duty. (157750)

I have bean asked to reply.

We are determined that local authorities should have the resources they need to fulfil the statutory duty to secure from April 2008, so far as is reasonably practicable, sufficient childcare to meet the needs of working parents. From that month the Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant to local authorities in England will include revenue and capital funding as shown in the table to fund Sure Start Children’s Centres; support outcomes, quality and diversity; and support child care sufficiency and access, This funding is not ring-fenced and it remains up to individual local authorities to determine how their funds will be spent.

£ million

Revenue funding

Capital funding

2008-09

1,239

379

2009-10

1,340

472

2010-11

1,508

361