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Children's Centres: Finance

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether funding provided by his Department to local authorities for children centres and Sure Start programmes is ring-fenced for existing programmes. (189767)

The Sure Start, early years and child care grant, paid to local authorities, includes funding for Sure Start children’s centres and is ring-fenced. Within that grant funding for Sure Start Local Programmes (SSLPs), and children’s centres based on Sure Start Local Programmes, is further ring-fenced and can be used only for services in SSLPs, and Sure Start children’s centres based on SSLPs.