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Sure Start Programme: Lancashire

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent from the public purse on each Sure Start centre in each parliamentary constituency in the Lancashire County Council area in each year since the scheme's inception. (282073)

Sure Start local programmes (SSLPs), the forerunner of Sure Start children's centres, were introduced in waves from 1999-2000. By 2003-04 there were 17 SSLPs operating in Lancashire.

From 2006-07, to reflect SSLPs transition to children's centres, the SSLP Grant was paid to local authorities together with children's centre funding as part of the Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant (formerly the General Sure Start Grant). Under the terms and conditions of that grant, local authorities have a degree of freedom in the allocation and use of the funding provided to best meet their local objectives. Furthermore, in an effort to reduce the monitoring burden the Department only requires them to report expenditure at a local level, rather than by individual children's centre. It is therefore not possible to provide a breakdown of expenditure by individual SSLP or children's centre.

The following tables set out total expenditure on all SSLPs and children's centres in Lancashire for each financial year since programme inception.

Lancashire Sure Start Children's Centre Expenditure

Expenditure

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

SSLP Revenue

489,929

1,895,584

5,012,939

9,362,926

11,606,029

12,589,813

SSLP Capital

30,574

72,918

899,823

3,306,702

4,320,379

3,886,509

Children's Centre Revenue

0

0

0

0

9,023

2,514,650

Children's Centre Capital

0

0

0

0

90,870

4,638,150

Total Revenue

489,929

1,895,584

5,012,939

9,362,926

11,615,052

15,104,463

Total Capital

30,574

72,918

899,823

3,306,702

4,411,249

8,524,659

Grand total

520,503

1,968,502

5,912,762

12,669,628

16,026,301

23,629,122

ExpenditureAllocation

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

Total

SSLP Revenue

12,378,766

10,722,226

10,439,383

9,020,446

83,518,041

SSLP Capital

0

0

0

0

12,516,905

Children's Centre Revenue

5,021,283

7,111,296

11,852,273

15,344,023

41,852,548

Children's Centre Capital

7,536,921

7,211,735

1,272,514

3,302,854

24,053,044

Total Revenue

17,400,049

17,833,522

22,291,656

24,364,469

125,370,589

Total Capital

7,536,921

7,211,735

1,272,514

3,302,854

36,569,949

Grand total

24,936,970

25,045,257

23,564,170

27,667,323

161,940,538