Sure Start programme
During his 1998 comprehensive spending review speech, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, announced £540 million funding for the development of Sure Start, a programme to improve support for children in the early stages of their life.
The programme was intended to deliver 250 local Sure Start centres and a visit from an outreach worker for every mother in Sure Start areas. Evidence had suggested that some children were falling behind before they started school.
The centres would bring together:
- primary health care
- early education
- support for families.
Services would be free to low-income families and chargeable to others.
Comprehensive spending review: new public spending plans 1999-2000.
House of Commons.
Comprehensive Spending Review.
HC Deb 14 July 1998 vol 316 cc187-211.