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Sure Start Programme: Birmingham

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many Sure Start centres are (a) open and (b) planned to open in Birmingham. (296206)

Birmingham local authority has 69 designated Sure Start Children’s Centres, with plans for a further six centres to be designated by March 2010.

We are on track to achieve our target of at least 3,500 Sure Start Children’s Centres by March 2010, offering access to services for all children under five and their families. As of 31 August 2009 there were 3,059 centres operational in England, providing access to services for over 2.4 million children and their families.