Sure Start Funding Slashed
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21 Feb 2013
Figures compiled by the House of Commons Library show that the Government has slashed funding for Sure Start Children’s Centres and other early intervention programmes in Rotherham by £7.7 million in real terms since May 2010.
These figures spark fresh concerns that already over-stretched services for children and families will suffer further from April as the next wave of cuts hits Rotherham.
The average cut across all local authorities in England is 41%, however these cuts have not been applied fairly, as Rotherham’s cut of 46.4% is more severe than those received in areas like Wandsworth, whose budget fell by 35.2%.
Parents will rightly be worried about what will happen to the services they value, and in many cases rely on. Children and parents in Rotherham are being made to pay the price for this Government’s economic failure.