More Sure Start schemes approved

ELEVEN new Sure Start programmes have been given approval by David Blunkett, Secretary of State. Fifty nine schemes are already running on some of the most deprived estates in the country, and are aimed at giving children under four better social, health and education opportunities. Speaking at a Sure Start conference yesterday, M Blunkett also invited a further 65 areas to submit applications. A total of pound;542 million is due to be spent establishing 250 programmes by 2002. Less than 6 per cent of the cash allocated to Sure Start last year has been spent but the Government claims 50,000 children are already feeling the benefit of the initiative.

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