Delphine Strauss cites the Sutton Trust’s research on children’s centres in an article for the Financial Times.
“Since 2011, when a ringfence on the programme’s funding was removed, local authorities have cut spending on the programme by two-thirds. More than 500 centres have officially closed, with many others merged, opening for shorter hours or offering more limited services.
Local authorities have taken different approaches, with some closing almost all Sure Start centres, and others offering services only to families with higher need. Some campaign groups, such as the Sutton Trust, have criticised this move away from universal coverage, arguing that a mix of children from all backgrounds helps to boost social mobility and children’s social development.”