logo-education
0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

Forgotten your password?

LGA express concerns about Sure Start Cash

31 October 2012

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that proposals to top-slice funding for disadvantaged children in England could backfire.

Currently the Early Intervention Grant (EIG) is paid by central government to local authorities (LAs) to support early years and family intervention programmes, including Sure Start Centres, parenting support and short breaks for disabled people. Under the proposals, which followed a 12 week consultation, the £2.3 billion grant will no longer be paid to LAs in the form of a separate grant, the cash instead being held centrally. Of the total grant £1.3bn will go to a ring fenced schools grant to pay for free nursery care for two year olds; £300m will be top-sliced by the DfE; and the remainder will be rolled into councils' central revenue stream.

Councils are concerned that the changes could lead to a 20% reduction in early intervention at a local level. If these fears are realised, this could have a serious impact on LA’s ability to deliver early intervention services.

Related opinions

Does the move into Step 4 mean the ending of Covid-19 restrictions within schools?

With the Prime Ministers announcement that he intends for Step 4 to begin on 19 July, this will also bring an end to the restrictions currently in place on education settings.

View blog

Advocacy in Action: Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders (FGMPO)

The issue of Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders and the importance of education providers to act promptly.

View blog

Responsibilities towards students identifying as non-binary

Our top tips for supporting transgender and non-binary pupils.

View blog

Schools face scrutiny over Covid-19 vaccinations for children

On 4 June, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds.

View blog

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up