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Children's Centres (Milton Keynes)

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

There are 13 designated Sure Start children’s centres in Milton Keynes offering services to approximately 9,000 young children and their families in the area.

I assure the Minister that the centres that have already been built are doing an excellent job for my constituents, but as she knows, Milton Keynes is an area of housing growth. The council has asked me to ask the Minister whether there will be funding for children’s centres for our growing population after 2010-11. Can she give me an answer?

Obviously I can only speak for this Government—who I am sure will still be the Government after 2010. We are committed to continuing to support Sure Start children’s centres, and that will be reflected in the revenue support grant that we give local authorities from that point onwards.