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Sure Start programme saved the NHS millions of pounds, study finds

Sure Start children’s centres delivered major health benefits for youngsters in the most deprived areas, reducing the number of people taken to hospital and delivering millions of pounds in savings to the NHS, a study has found.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies research found that where Sure Start offered high levels of service in poor neighbourhoods in England, visits to hospital to treat injuries fell among all children of primary school age, and by a third of all 11-year-olds.

The study questioned the current cuts to children’s centre budgets – reduced by two-thirds nationally between 2011 and 2017 – and urged the government to acknowledge Sure Start’s “big positive effect on children’s health” in future public spending plans.

Read more in The Guardian.


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