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Sure Start to tackling poverty;In brief

MINISTERS have named 21 Sure Start projects aimed at tackling poverty in the early years. Parents will be offered help and advice with early-years education and healthcare. The successful schemes include free books and toy bags for children, reading schemes for fathers, story-telling classes, family cookery lessons and help for parents with drug or alcohol addiction.

Ministers have set aside pound;80 million for the programme over the next two years, and will approve more projects in the summer.

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