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Sure Start Programme: Blackpool

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many people used Sure Start centres in Blackpool in the last year for which figures are available. (253967)

The Department does not collect information centrally about the numbers of people accessing individual Sure Start Children's Centres. We expect local authorities and children's centres to collect data on the take up of services as part of their local performance management arrangements. Sure Start Children's Centres provide universal services for families with children under the age of five years. There are currently 12 Sure Start Children's Centres in Blackpool and over 2,900 Centres nationwide, providing access to early childhood services for almost 2.3 million children. By 2010 there will be at least 3,500 Sure Start Children's Centres—one for every community.