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MPs Say Sure Start Fails the Poorest Families

Magazine article Public Finance

MPs Say Sure Start Fails the Poorest Families

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Sure Start children's centres came under fire again this week after senior MPs criticised them for not doing enough to help the most disadvantaged families.

The influential Public Accounts Committee said only a third of the multi-purpose centres were proactively targeting the most deprived families in their communities.

PAC chair Edward Leigh said: 'Getting services out into the community to address disadvantage must be central to the ethos and practice of every children's centre. Unless all centres identify and support children living in the most deprived circumstances in their community, they will fail in their main purpose.'

The PACs July 17 report follows a government-commissioned study, published last week, which found that Sure Start centres were failing to reach the most deprived ethnic minority families. …

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