THE valuable work of Sure Start Children's Centres has been put in the national spotlight by Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds, as it has emerged that £1.4billion is to be cut from intervention programmes like Sure Start.
Children's Centres were set up to offer families with young children across the country easy access to a full range of health and education services, all under one roof.
And in the run-up to the General Election leaders of all political parties vowed to keep Children's Centres open.
But Ministers have now taken £1.4billion from Sure Start and other intervention programmes.
And in the House of Commons this week (Mon Feb 7) Jonathan Reynolds suggested to Education Minister Sarah Teather that this was a "false economy".
Following the exchange, Mr Reynolds said: "In Tameside we have built up a network of 15 Children's Centres that provide vital support to thousands of families.
"Each of the centres bring together health, education and family support services under one roof -giving youngsters the best start in life. But, as a result of government cuts, the future of these services are now under threat.
"In Tameside staff at our Children's Centres face having to reduce their budgets by 12 per cent. And this could have a significant impact on the range of services they can offer.
"But cutting money from our Children's Centres is a false economy.
"One of the great benefits of early intervention programmes like Sure Start is that by improving outcomes for young people they actually save the State money in the longer-term.
"If we do not continue to invest in our young people, we will pay the price in the future."
Jonathan's exchange in the House of Commons with the Minister can be read in full by clicking here
Published February 9, 2011