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Children: Social Services

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much his Department has allocated to the Together for Children programme in 2010-11; (289308)

(2) how much funding his Department has allocated to Together for Children (a) in each year since its establishment and (b) for 2009-10;

(3) how much has been allocated to local authorities to employ Serco in supporting the implementation of the Sure Start programme in (a) each of the last three years and (b) 2010-11.

Together for Children, a consortium of Serco, Tempus Resourcing Ltd, 4Children and Continyou, was contracted as the Department's delivery partner for Sure Start Children's Centres in October 2006 to provide support to local authorities to plan and deliver their children's centre programmes. The following table gives details of the cost of the contract for each year since its commencement. The costs of the contract are met centrally by the Department. The Department has allocated approximately £7.2 billion to local authorities in capital and revenue funding for Sure Start Children's Centres and predecessor Sure Start Local Programmes since the inception of the programme.

Total cost (excluding VAT)

(£ million)

2006-07

3.4

2007-08

6.5

2008-09

7.2

2009-101

7.5

2010-111

3.7

1 Estimated costs on current workplans