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Early Years Capital Grant

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families by what means the Government intend to review local authority distribution of the Early Years Capital Grant annually over the 2008-11 spending period; and if he will make a statement. (244793)

We expect the majority of the £642 million to be allocated through the Quality and Access Capital Grant (formerly known as the Early Years Capital Grant) during the 2008-11 spending review period to be used primarily to improve the quality of the environment in private, voluntary and independent early years and childcare settings.

It is up to individual local authorities to determine how the funds available will be spent in order to meet the aims set out for the grant. The expenditure by each local authority is audited to ensure that the funding is used for the purposes intended. Local authorities are able to carry forward unspent sums from one year to the next, though not beyond the Spending Review period.