Means-testing Sure Start services
In an interview with the Observer children’s minister Sarah Teather has said that the government plans to charge middle class parents to use services from Sure Start children’s centres. The number of services to be charged for will increase and a system of “payment by results” will be introduced.
There are 3,500 centres, providing integrated education and childcare, support for parents, health services and help getting jobs. While the centres would keep their “universal front door”, Ms Teather told the paper, she plans to tell local authorities
to target resources towards the “neediest” families and consider charging the better-off for “fun” activities.