Early years’ services and childcare benefit from spending review

    The government will invest an extra £769 million in early
    years’ services and child care by 2007-2008, chancellor
    Gordon Brown has announced, writes Sally
    Gillen.

    In his spending review for 2005-2008, Brown said the money would
    be used to implement the five-year education strategy, launched
    last week. In addition, 2,500 children’s centres will be
    created by 2007-2008 and a pilot scheme offering a part-time
    education place for 12,000 two-year-olds in disadvantaged areas
    will be established.

    By 2007-2008 1,960 civil service jobs will be cut within the
    Department for Education and Skills, and 800 posts will be
    relocated out of London and the south east by 2010.

    Councils will be given a two-year £80 million fund to
    provide alarms for 160,000 vulnerable older people and an extra
    £1.8 billion will be made available in 2007-2008 for delayed
    discharges. It is also providing £60 million for Extra Care
    housing as an alternative to residential care.

    The Department of Health will lose 720 civil servant posts and
    arms-length bodies will cut 5,000 jobs.  

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