Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Education, commenting on news that 250 Sure Start Children’s Centres face closure within a year, said:
“David Cameron made a personal promise to protect and build on Sure Start. Today we learn that these were just hollow words and yet another broken promise to the families of our country. By asking children and families to bear the brunt of their cuts, this Tory-led Government is showing that they have no idea what pressure ordinary families are under.
“Sure Start is widely recognised as a unique and highly valuable service that plays a vital role in helping all families give children the best start in life. By standing by while cash-strapped local authorities are forced to make cuts and closures to the Children’s Centre network, the Tory-led Government are stacking the odds even further against aspirational families who want to get on in life.”