The SureStart Programme includes lots of activities and support for young families with everything from traditional playgroups, to baby massage. It’s all free and open to everyone.
Between 1998 and 2010 a monumental 3,500 Children and Family Centres have sprung up around the UK with the aim of reaching every family who wants to take part as well as the poorest 30% of communities.
An independent report commissioned by the Department for Children and Families in 2008 showed that the two biggest areas of progress are, “an increase in positive child behaviour through praise and incentives, plus improvements in parent-child interaction: relationship building”.
The long-term result will be that’s these kids go on to have a positive experience at school and grow up to be responsible adults.
This will show a decrease in contacts with the Police and Judicial System and fewer problems with drugs, alcohol and consequences resulting from such abuse.
However SureStart is in direct danger from the Lib Dem backed Tory Government, as the cash from central Government allocated to SureStart is no longer kept separate and ring fenced from the general Council Budget.
The Tory Council in Bromley is shutting 13 out of 16 SureStart Centres.
SureStart will die under the Tories. Because the money is spent by Councils it means that the savage cuts faced by Town Halls will inevitably see “luxury” initiatives fade as Council Chiefs battle to maintain basic front line day to day survival services such as Child Protection and Meals on Wheels.
We MUST NOT let that happen here in our community and the Labour Party will fight tooth and nail to defend this vital service for our families and kids in Anlaby and Anlaby Common.