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Sure Start Programme

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many Sure Start centres are (a) in operation and (b) under construction; and if he will make a statement; (305234)

(2) how many Sure Start children’s centres there are in each local authority area;

(3) how many new Sure Start centres have been opened in each of the last 24 months; and how many such centres are planned to be opened in each of the next 12 months.

At the end of October 2009, there were 3,151 designated Sure Start Children’s Centres, offering services to over 2.5 million children under five and their families.

We are on track to achieve our target of at least 3,500 Children’s Centres by March 2010. The exact number of Children’s Centres under construction or planned to be opened in each of the next 12 months is provisional and subject to change as local authorities work to open their remaining centres, and ensure universal coverage, in discussion with our delivery partner, Together for Children.

Table 1 gives the number of designated Sure Start Children’s Centres in each local authority area as at the end of October 2009. Table 2 shows how many new Sure Start Children’s Centres have been opened in each of the last 24 months.

Table 1: Sure Start Children’s Centres in each local authority area as at the end of October 2009

Local authority

Designated Sure Start Children’s Centres at October 2009

Barking and Dagenham

15

Barnet

14

Barnsley

19

Bath and North East Somerset

9

Bedford Borough

11

Bexley

13

Birmingham

69

Blackburn with Darwen

13

Blackpool

12

Bolton

15

Bournemouth

7

Bracknell Forest

7

Bradford

33

Brent

15

Brighton and Hove

14

Bristol, City of

26

Bromley

19

Buckinghamshire

33

Bury

11

Calderdale

16

Cambridgeshire

29

Camden

17

Central Bedfordshire

14

Cheshire East

12

Cheshire West and Chester

19

Cornwall

37

Coventry

22

Croydon

20

Cumbria

28

Darlington

6

Derby, City of

14

Derbyshire

48

Devon

37

Doncaster

21

Dorset

20

Dudley

18

Durham

43

Ealing

22

East Riding of Yorkshire

17

East Sussex

28

Enfield

21

Essex

64

Gateshead

15

Gloucestershire

32

Greenwich

23

Hackney

19

Halton

12

Hammersmith and Fulham

14

Hampshire

60

Haringey

17

Harrow

12

Hartlepool

8

Havering

11

Herefordshire

11

Hertfordshire

57

Hillingdon

12

Hounslow

14

Isle of Wight

7

Isles of Scilly

1

Islington

16

Kensington and Chelsea

8

Kent

72

Kingston upon Hull, City of

19

Kingston upon Thames

7

Kirklees

33

Knowsley

16

Lambeth

27

Lancashire

73

Leeds

51

Leicester, City of

18

Leicestershire

33

Lewisham

17

Lincolnshire

38

Liverpool

24

London, City of

1

Luton

19

Manchester

39

Medway

14

Merton

10

Middlesbrough

12

Milton Keynes

15

Newcastle upon Tyne

17

Newham

20

Norfolk

38

North East Lincolnshire

14

North Lincolnshire

12

North Somerset

10

North Tyneside

11

North Yorkshire

36

Northamptonshire

34

Northumberland

24

Nottingham, City of

16

Nottinghamshire

53

Oldham

14

Oxfordshire

33

Peterborough, City of

15

Plymouth, City of

16

Poole

6

Portsmouth

14

Reading

11

Redbridge

14

Redcar and Cleveland

12

Richmond upon Thames

9

Rochdale

15

Rotherham

22

Rutland

1

Salford

15

Sandwell

21

Sefton

16

Sheffield

35

Shropshire

18

Slough

8

Solihull

11

Somerset

33

South Gloucestershire

11

South Tyneside

12

Southampton

11

Southend on Sea

11

Southwark

21

St. Helens

12

Staffordshire

50

Stockport

15

Stockton on Tees

11

Stoke on Trent

15

Suffolk

44

Sunderland

17

Surrey

62

Sutton

13

Swindon

10

Tameside

16

Telford and Wrekin

13

Thurrock

12

Torbay

7

Tower Hamlets

21

Trafford

14

Wakefield

20

Walsall

16

Waltham Forest

17

Wandsworth

23

Warrington

11

Warwickshire

35

West Berkshire

10

West Sussex

37

Westminster, City of

12

Wigan

18

Wiltshire

27

Windsor and Maidenhead

7

Wirral

19

Wokingham

7

Wolverhampton

18

Worcestershire

29

York, City of

8

Total

3,151

Table 2: Number of new Sure Start Children’s Centres opened in each of the last 24 months

Month

Number of Children’s Centres opened in the last 24 months

Up to the end of November 2007

1,723

December 2007

158

January 2008

229

February 2008

346

March 2008

441

April 2008

1

May 2008

0

June 2008

1

July 2008

1

August 2008

1

September 2008

4

October 2008

1

November 2008

2

December 2008

2

January 2009

4

February 2009

4

March 2009

93

April 2009

1

May 2009

3

June 2009

18

July 2009

12

August 2009

10

September 2009

50

October 2009

46

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many Sure Start outreach workers there are in each local authority area; (305330)

(2) what his most recent estimate is of the cost to local authorities of employing Sure Start outreach workers in the last 12 months.

The Department does not collect information on how many Sure Start outreach workers there are in each local authority area. Staffing levels in children’s centres are a matter for local authorities and their partner agencies.

The Sure Start Early Years and Childcare Grant provides local authorities with funding for children’s centres’ outreach activities. It is for local authorities to decide how and where to use this resource. The Government’s “Sure Start Children’s Centres: Phase 3 Planning and Delivery” document suggests that

“in the most disadvantaged areas teams should include at least three outreach workers per centre. In less disadvantaged areas local authorities will decide on the best approach.”

The guidance can be found at

www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what operating budget was allocated to Sure Start centres in each of the last three years; and how much he expects to be allocated in each of the next three years. (305362)

The Department does not allocate operating budgets for individual children's centres but gives allocations to allow local authorities to manage the children's centres in their area. The allocations for 2007-08 to 2010-11 are shown in the table.

Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare Grant allocations for children's centres 2007-08 to 2010-11

£ million

Main revenue block

SSLP block

Main capital block

Children's centres

Total main revenue

Sure Start local programmes

Children's centres

Total main capital

Local authority

Revenue

Revenue

Revenue

Capital

Capital

2006-07

310.6

595.4

381.8

n/a

272.3

2007-08

359.1

670.6

318.3

n/a

545.0

2008-09

574.2

975.0

311.0

81.0

301.2

2009-10

748.1

1,120.4

275.0

169.0

383.0

2010-11

883.5

1,297.4

251.7

101.0

315.0

The allocations for Children's centres revenue and capital are included within the wider Sure Start Early Years and Childcare Grant main revenue and main capital funding blocks respectively. Funding in these blocks is not ring-fenced and the authority has the freedom to decide how much to spend on each area supported by the grant, in line with local priorities. The main capital allocation was provided as a single allocation in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what the average cost of opening a new Sure Start centre is; (305391)

(2) how much his Department has spent on opening new Sure Start centres in each of the last 24 months; and how much he expects to be so spent in each of the next 12 months.

The Department allocates capital and revenue funding for Sure Start Children’s Centres and their predecessor Sure Start Local Programmes to local authorities. It is for local authorities to decide how to allocate funding between individual centres.

The Department collects spend information from local authorities annually and does not differentiate between new and existing centres. The latest year for which audited spend is currently available is 2007-08. The following table contains details of audited spend for 2007-08 and annual allocations for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 20010-11.

£ million

Local authority allocations

Audited spend 2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

Revenue

Sure Start Local Programme

315

311

275

252

Sure Start Children’s Centres

315

574

748

883

Capital

Sure Start Local Programme

0

0

0

0

Sure Start Children’s Centres

288

81

169

101