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After School Clubs

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on (a) after-school facilities and (b) holiday clubs in each of the last 10 years. (228661)

The Government have made a commitment that by 2010 all schools will be providing access to a core range of extended services, including a varied menu of activities from 8 am to 6 pm as well as provision during the school holidays. There are currently over 14,000 schools (65 per cent.) providing extended services.

In order to support delivery of extended schools, significant funding has been made available. £840 million was made available between 2003 to 2008 and an additional £1.3 billion has been committed for the period 2008 to 2011.

It is for each local authority, in consultation with schools and other children’s services partners, to make decisions on how best to use this funding to support schools develop extended services, based on local needs. The Department centrally does not hold a breakdown of how much funding has been spent on particular elements of the core offer, including after-school facilities and holiday clubs.