Sure Start Centre Closures

The first two years of the new coalition government have not been good news for Sure Start Centres. In this short amount of time, over 400 Sure Start Centres have closed. Of those still open, over half no longer provide childcare – often the only affordable option for the local community.

London and the South-East have felt the biggest sting thanks to these massive budget cuts. London has seen 126 Children’s Centres close, and 62 have been shut down in the South East.

Funding for children’s centres in England has been cut by a third over two years, according to opposition figures.