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Children's Centres: Closures

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 13 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) children’s and (b) Sure Start centres have closed in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (303725)

Sure Start Children’s Centres were introduced from 2003-04—all former Sure Start Local Programmes are now Sure Start Children’s Centres.

No Sure Start Children’s Centres were closed between 2005-06 and 2008-09. In 2009-10, two Sure Start Children’s Centre buildings were closed. In both cases the services originally offered are being provided by neighbouring centres.