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Children's Centres

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many Sure Start children’s centres there will be in 2010; (203712)

(2) how many Sure Start children’s centres have been closed in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since their inception;

(3) how much capital funding for Sure Start children's centres in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England his Department has provided in each year since the Sure Start programme commenced;

(4) how many outreach workers his Department has employed in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each of the last five years;

(5) how many Sure Start children's centres have been established in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since the Sure Start programme commenced.

There are currently 2,906 designated Sure Start Children’s Centres in England. By 2010 there will be 3,500 children’s centres, one for every community. No centres have been closed since their inception. Prior to 2004 there were 524 Sure Start Local Programmes, the vast majority of which have now made the transition into children’s centres.

The further information requested is given in the tables below. Local authorities are responsible for the establishment and operation of children’s centres. The Department does not collect information on the number of outreach workers employed by children’s centres.

Sure Start Local Programmes

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

(a) Jarrow

0

0

1

2

2

(b) South Tyneside

0

1

2

4

5

(c) North East

4

20

30

53

62

(d) England

22

124

240

401

524

Notes:

1. Figures are cumulative.

2. Figures are available for England only.

3. Most SSLPs have now been designated as children’s centres.

Designated Children’s Centres

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

31 March 2008

(a) Jarrow

0

1

3

4

5

6

(b) South Tyneside

0

3

6

9

10

12

(c) North East

6

31

51

114

147

182

(d) England

59

189

443

1,049

1,888

2,906

Notes:

1. Figures are cumulative.

2. Figures are available for England only.

3. Former SSLPs that have become children’s centres are included in these figures.

All Sure Start Local Programme and Children’s Centre Capital Expenditure Estimates

£ million

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

(b) South Tyneside

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.963

0.769

1.075

3.630

0.606

(c) North East

0.000

0.058

3.272

11.098

12.233

12.708

35.789

16.152

(d) England

3.588

1.278

7.816

70.686

83.934

145.923

314.171

219.371

Notes:

1. Data is not available by constituency so we are unable to provide figures for (a) Jarrow.

2. Data is available for England only.

3. The South Tyneside data is actual expenditure but that for the North East and England contains estimates because we do not yet have final data for the entire population.

4. For 2006-07, the expenditure data includes integrated projects (i.e. those which target more than one policy area).