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Departmental Finance

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department has allocated for the (a) Parent Know How campaign, (b) child development grant, (c) training of the 5,000 outreach advisers referred to in the Children's Plan and (d) Respect Parenting experts in each of the 77 designated areas in each financial year since 2006-07; and from what budget (i) such funding and (ii) funding for the two parenting advisers in each local authority has been drawn. (305271)

The funding allocated by DCSF to the programmes is as follows:

(a) Parent Know How Services

Parent Know How began in 2008 and is a suite of family services delivered through telephone helplines, online digital services and through print media. It is delivered by a range of third and private sector organisations.

£

2008-09

15,506,000

2009-10

15,147,000

2010-11

£16,324,000

Funding in 2008-09 includes £4.1 million for local authorities to purchase new database systems as part of the Parent Know How Directory. Figures include capital and revenue funding and are rounded to the nearest thousand.

(b) Child Development Grant

£ million

2008-09

0.75

2009-10

5

2010-11

7

(c) Outreach Adviser Training

The Department has allocated up to £4 million in this spending period for outreach training, and will publish details of training soon. This funding is being drawn from the Department's programme budgets for these financial years.

(d) Respect Parenting Practitioners

The Respect Parenting Practitioners received funding of £3.85 million in 2007-08 from the Home Office Respect Task Force budget and £3.85 million each year in 2008-09 and 2009-10 from the Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF) Families Group budget. Each of the 77 local authorities was allocated £50,000 per year over the three years.

The Parenting Experts have been allocated a total of £9 million in 2008-10 and £11.5 million in 2009-10. This has been funded from the DCSF Families Group budget.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department has allocated to (a) the Graduate Leader Fund, (b) extending the free early learning entitlement to 38 weeks per year, (c) the Free Childcare for Training and Learning for Work programme and (d) Early Excellence centres from the Standards Fund in (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11. (305336)

The information is as follows:

(a) The Department has allocated £305 million during the period 2008-11 for the Graduate Leader Fund (GLF), made up of £232 million in the Sure Start Early Years Childcare Grant for settings, routed via local authorities, and £73 million for the Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) to deliver Early Years Professional Status training and accreditation.

This funding forms part of the Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant (SSEYCG) distributed by local authorities and is part of the main revenue funding block which is not ring-fenced for the GLF.

(b) The free early learning entitlement is being extended from 12.5 hours a week for 38 weeks a year to 15 hours a week for 38 weeks a year in a staged roll-out. Since September 2009 all local authorities have been delivering an extended offer of 15 hours a week to their 25 per cent. most disadvantaged three and four-year-olds. From September 2010 all eligible three and four-year-old children will be entitled to 15 hours a week free provision over no fewer than 38 weeks of the year offered on a more flexible basis to better meet families’ needs. Funding of £170 million in 2009-10 and £340 million in 2010-11 has been made available through the Standards Fund to fund the additional 2.5 hours per week of provision and flexible delivery. This funding is over and above that which local authorities currently receive through the Dedicated Schools Grant for the current 12.5 hour free entitlement.

(c) For the Free Childcare for Training and Learning for Work scheme we have allocated £25 million for 2009-10 and a further £40 million for 2010-11.

(d) Funding for Early Excellence Centres from the Department ceased at the end of March 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much his Department spent on the (a) Childcare Sufficiency and Access Grant, (b) Sure Start Children's Centre, (c) Sure Start local programmes and (d) Outcomes, Quality and Inclusion block of the Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant in each financial year between 2003-04 and 2007-08. (305337)

The spend by local authorities on Sure Start Children's Centres and Sure Start Local Programmes between 2003-04 is shown in Table 1. The Childcare Sufficiency and Access and Outcomes Quality and Inclusion blocks of the Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant did not come into being until 2008-09.

Table 1. Local authority spend on Sure Start Children's Centres and Sure Start Local Programmes from 2003-04 to 2007-08.

£ million

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Revenue

Sure Start Local Programmes

306.0

360.0

381.8

376.6

315.1

Children's Centres

2.2

11.0

90.0

251.5

314.7

Sub total

308.2

371.0

471.8

628.1

629.8

Capital

Children's Centres

2.0

11.8

184.4

203.0

288.2

Total

310.2

382.8

656.2

831.1

918.0

Local authorities also received a single capital allocation for Sure Start Local Programmes from 1999-00 to 2005-06 of £459.8 million.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how much his Department plans to spend on the Aiming Higher for Disabled Children block of the Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; (305340)

(2) how much was spent on the Aiming Higher for Disabled Children block of the Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant in each financial year between 2003-04 and 2008-09.

A breakdown of the Department’s Aiming Higher for Disabled Children block of its Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant to local authorities is given in the following table.

£

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

Revenue

261,541

17,866,495

78,927,431

178,352,610

Capital

0

4,497,000

32,999,700

52,480,500

Total

261,541

22,363,495

111,972,131

230,833,110

There was no funding for the Aiming High for Disabled Children Programme before 2007-08. The figure for 2007-08 is the funding given to 21 pathfinder local authorities in that year and represents actual spend. Figures for 2008-11 are planned spend. These are the latest data the Department holds.