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Children's Centres: Eltham

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much funding his Department has allocated in respect of children’s centres in Eltham constituency since their introduction. (314396)

Greenwich local authority is responsible for Sure Start Children’s Centres across its area and will decide how much funding to allocate to centres in Eltham constituency.

The first Sure Start Local Programmes (SSLPs) were set up in 1999-2000. The SSLPs received a single capital allocation for the period 1999-2000 to 2005-06. Greenwich local authority was allocated £3,913,042.

Data on the SSLP revenue allocations prior to the introduction of the Sure Start IT system in 2003-04 are not readily available at a local authority level. Greenwich’s SSLP revenue allocations from 2003-04 are shown in table 1.

Table 1. Sure Start Local Programme revenue allocations for Greenwich local authority

£

SSLP revenue allocation

2003-04

3,029,775

2004-05

3,550,810

2005-06

3,738,775

2006-07

3,541,783

2007-08

3,008,185

2008-09

3,034,536

2009-10

2,680,923

Funding for Sure Start Children’s Centres was made available from 2003-04. The Children’s Centres allocations for Greenwich are shown in table 2.

Table 2. Sure Start Children’s Centres allocations for Greenwich local authority

£

Capital

Revenue

Total

2003-04

0

52,500

52,500

2004-061

3,496,687

1,318,028

4,814,715

2006-07

21,431,584

2,797,260

4,228,844

2007-08

22,889,676

2,876,399

5,766,075

2008-09

378,553

4,898,580

5,277,133

2009-10

781,204

6,175,905

6,957,109

1 Local authorities received a two year allocation for 2004-06.

2 The 2006-07 and 2007-08 allocations are for the wider Sure Start Early Years and Childcare Main Capital Block.

From 2006-07 Children’s Centres Capital formed part of the wider Main Capital Funding Block. Funding in this block is not ring fenced and the authority has the freedom to decide how much of their total capital allocation to spend on children’s centres, in line with local priorities. This allocation was not broken down further in 2006-07 and 2007-08. The Main Capital allocation has been quoted for 2006-07 and 2007-08 in table 1.

The Main Capital Block included funding for child care sustainability and extended schools as well as for Children’s Centres in 2006-07 and 2007-08. From 2008-09 the block comprised funding for Children’s Centres, early years provision, child care and integrated projects (those which support more than one policy objective). Funding in the Main Capital Block is not ring fenced and local authorities have the freedom to decide how much to spend on children’s centres in line with local priorities.