HC Deb 30 November 2000 vol 357 cc823-6W
Charlotte Atkins

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many Sure Start programmes have been(a) established and (b) proposed by local district authorities in England and Wales; and which of these address (i) urban deprivation, (ii) rural deprivation and (iii) semi-rural deprivation. [140675]

Yvette Cooper

I have been asked to reply.

This answer refers to England only, as Sure Start in Wales is a devolved issue and a matter for the Welsh Assembly. To date in England, 122 Sure Start programmes have been established in areas of disadvantage, with a further 72 under development. Sure Start programmes are not 'proposed' by local district authorities. Rather, districts with high levels of deprivation are identified and local partnerships in these areas, comprising of representatives from statutory, voluntary and community bodies, are invited to develop a Sure Start programme in their area. The 194 programmes referred to above are in the 152 local authority districts in England listed and are located in all types of area: urban; semi-urban; semi-rural and rural. Sure Start programmes are targeted on the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods and thus all address deprivation. The following table indicates the type of district in which Sure Start programmes are located, although the nature of the Sure Start catchment area may differ from that of the district as a whole.

District Number of Sure Start programmes to date District Type
Birmingham 3 Urban
Bradford 3 Urban
Kingston Upon Hull 3 Urban
Leeds 3 Urban
Leicester 3 Urban
Liverpool 3 Urban
Manchester 3 Urban
Sheffield 3 Urban
Barnsley 2 Coalfields
Blackburn with Darwen 2 Urban
Brent 2 Urban
Bristol 2 Urban
Camden 2 Urban
Derby 2 Urban
Doncaster 2 Urban
Hackney 2 Urban
Halton 2 Urban
Haringey 2 Urban
Hartlepool 2 Urban
Knowsley 2 Urban
Lambeth 2 Urban
Middlesbrough 2 Urban
Newcastle 2 Urban
Newham 2 Urban
Nottingham 2 Urban
Rotherham 2 Urban
Salford 2 Urban
Sandwell 2 Urban
Sefton 2 Urban
Southwark 2 Urban
Stoke-on-Trent 2 Urban
Sunderland 2 Urban
Tower Hamlets 2 Urban
Wolverhampton 2 Urban
Allerdale 1 Semi-urban
Ashfield 1 Semi-urban
Barking and Dagenham 1 Urban
Barrow-in-Furness I Urban
Bassetlaw 1 Semi-urban
Berwick-upon-Tweed 1 Rural
Blackpool 1 Urban
Blyth Valley 1 Semi-urban
Bolsover 1 Coalfield
Bolton 1 Urban
Boston 1 Rural
Bournemouth 1 Urban
Brighton and Hove 1 Urban
Bromley 1 Urban
Burnley 1 Urban
Bury 1 Urban
Calderdale 1 Urban
Cannock Chase 1 Semi-urban
Chesterfield 1 Coalfields
Chester-le-Street 1 Coalfields
Copeland 1 Coalfields
Corby 1 Coalfields
Coventry 1 Urban

District Number of Sure Start programmes to date District Type
Croydon 1 Urban
Darlington 1 Urban
Derwentside 1 Coalfields
Dover 1 Urban
Dudley 1 Urban
Ealing 1 Urban
Easington 1 Coalfields
East Lindsey 1 Rural
East Riding of Yorkshire 1 Rural
East Staffordshire 1 Semi-Urban
Ellesmere Port and Neston 1 Semi-Urban
Enfield 1 Urban
Fenland 1 Rural
Gateshead 1 Urban
Gloucester 1 Urban
Great Yarmouth 1 Urban
Greenwich 1 Urban
Hammersmith and Fulham 1 Urban
Harlow 1 Urban
Hastings 1 Urban
Havant 1 Urban
Havering 1 Urban
Herefordshire 1 Rural
Hillingdon 1 Urban
Hounslow 1 Urban
Hyndburn 1 Urban
Ipswich 1 Urban
Isle of Wight 1 Semi-Rural
Islington 1 Urban
Kensington and Chelsea 1 Urban
Kerrier 1 Semi-rural
Kings Lynn and West Norfolk 1 Rural
Kirklees 1 Urban
Lancaster 1 Semi-rural
Lewisham 1 Urban
Lincoln 1 Urban
Luton 1 Urban
Mansfield 1 Coalfields
Medway Towns 1 Urban
Milton Keynes 1 Urban
Newark and Sherwood 1 Semi-Urban
North Devon 1 Rural
North East Lincolnshire 1 Urban
North Lincolnshire 1 Urban
North Tyneside 1 Urban
Northampton 1 Urban
Norwich 1 Urban
Nuneaton and Bedworth 1 Semi-Urban
Oldham 1 Urban
Oswestry 1 Rural
Oxford 1 Urban
Pendle 1 Urban
Penwith 1 Semi-rural
Peterborough 1 Urban
Plymouth 1 Urban
Portsmouth 1 Urban
Preston 1 Urban
Reading 1 Urban
Redbridge 1 Urban
Redcar and Cleveland 1 Coalfields
Restorme 1 Semi-rural
Rochdale 1 Urban
Rossendale 1 Semi-Urban
Scarborough 1 Semi-rural
Sedgefield 1 Coalfields
Sedgemoor 1 Rural
Shepway 1 Urban
Slough 1 Urban
Solihull 1 Urban
South Tyneside 1 Urban
Southampton 1 Urban
Southend-on-Sea 1 Urban

District Number of Sure Start programmes to date District Type
St Helens 1 Urban
Stockport 1 Urban
Stockton-on-Tees 1 Urban
Swindon 1 Urban
Tameside 1 Urban
Telford & Wrekin 1 Urban
Tendring 1 Semi-rural
Thanet 1 Semi-rural
Thurrock 1 Urban
Torbay 1 Semi-rural
Wakefield 1 Urban
Walsall 1 Urban
Waltham Forest 1 Urban
Wandsworth 1 Urban
Wansbeck 1 Coalfields
Warrington 1 Urban
Waveney 1 Semi-rural
Wealden 1 Semi-rural
Wear Valley 1 Coalfields
West Lancashire 1 Semi-urban
Westminster 1 Urban
Wigan 1 Urban
Wirral 1 Urban


The district classification used is based on a simplified version of the ONS classification of districts

Charlotte Atkins

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what evaluation he has made of the Sure Start programme. [140677]

Yvette Cooper

I have been asked to reply.

The Sure Start programme is based on evidence of what works in improving the health and well-being of young children, so that they will be ready to succeed when they start school. It is a cornerstone of the Government's drive to tackle child poverty and long term social exclusion. The evidence for Sure Start has been drawn from other countries, as there has been no other similar programme in this country.

The Government are committed to undertaking a long term, wide ranging national evaluation of the Sure Start programme in England. The Sure Start Unit is in the process of commissioning this from independent, external experts and work will begin in January 2001. The evaluation will look at the extent to which Sure Start makes a difference to children, families and communities in the short, medium and long term. It will attempt to establish what works, why, how and under what circumstances. The evaluation will also look at how cost effective the Sure Start programme is. A large sample of children will be tracked over time to see whether and how Sure Start has improved outcomes for them in later life.

In addition, each local programme will evaluate its own activities and monitor its progress towards national targets and objectives. These local evaluations will feed back into the on-going development of the programme and also inform the national evaluation.

Sure Start is a very new programme but there is already significant enthusiasm for the programme by parents in Sure Start areas and signs of better co-ordination of services for young children and their families at local level.

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