Labour warns of Tory threat to Sure Start

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Labour warns of Tory threat to Sure Start: extreme spending plans could see the loss of over 1,000 Sure Start centres

Over 1,000 Sure Start centres could go under in the next four years, thanks to the Tories’ extreme plans to cut spending in the next Parliament.

Labour warns today that this would be disastrous for thousands of families up and down the country.

Sure Start closures will hit working families already struggling under David Cameron’s government. His cuts have left many Sure Start centres closed or mothballed while childcare costs have gone up six times faster than wages and available childcare places have fallen by 40,000. 

Tristram Hunt, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, said:

“The Tories pose a real threat to Sure Start – a service relied on by thousands of working families.

“Before the last election, David Cameron said he would protect Sure Start but since then there are hundreds fewer centres. If they get in again they’ll do the same again. Their extreme plans mean over 1,000 of the remaining centres face the axe.

“Working families can’t afford five more years of this failing Tory plan. We need Labour’s better plan, which will revive Sure Start, provide more childcare places and extend free childcare for working parents of three and four-year-olds.”

The falls in open Sure Start centres between 2010 and 2015 are distributed across the regions as set out in the following table.

 

Region

Sure Start centres

open in 2010

Sure Start centres open in 2015

Fall 2010-2015

East Midlands

312

266

-46

East of England

413

312

-101

London

589

429

-160

North East

188

137

-51

North West

468

358

-110

South East

564

482

-82

South West

343

258

-85

West Midlands

375

310

-65

Yorkshire and The Humber

380

316

-64

Sources: DfE, Numbers of Sure Start children's centres: (30) April 2010, 17 June 2010, https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/219406/main_20text_20osr142010.pdf

Current figures are based on local authority responses to a Freedom of Information request received between 7 January 2015 and 6 March 2015.

 

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