Early Intervention Grant


The Guardian has published details of a letter about the Early Intervention Grant “signed by 16 politicians, charity leaders, and senior local government figures,” (including Graham Allen MP, who has published two government-commissioned reports on early intervention; David Robinson, head of the Early Action taskforce; Dame Clare Tickell, the CEO of Action for Children; and Joe Irvin, the CEO of NAVCA). This follows recent news that the Early Intervention Grant (EIG) would end in April 2013.

The letter said that removing the EIG:

…will reduce the focus for Early Intervention activity, and leave it highly vulnerable to cuts just as Early Intervention is about to take root. Since statutory and mandatory funding cannot be cut it could mean disproportionate cuts in Early Intervention programmes, including those to reduce teen pregnancy, and maintain Sure Starts and children’s centres. The existence of a named grant was a clear prompt to councils that Early Intervention was a priority. Therefore it is utterly inevitable that without dedicated funding Early Intervention funding will fall as councils struggle to fund the basics.

(The full text of the letter appears on the blog the Lead member for Children on Bradford Council.)

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