Medway Elects
Council: Protect Sure Start Centres

13 January 2011


Council notes that:

  1. David Cameron pledged to protect Sure Start during the 2010 election campaign saying "we understand and the Labour government understands how important it is for families to have the early support that Sure Start provides";
  2. Full funding for Sure Start has been allocated to Medway council as part of the council's financial settlement, published in December;
  3. Medway's Conservative group has already made a public commitment that they will continue to support Sure Start centres in Medway, which play an important role supporting young children and their families; and
  4. Medway council has a clear budget setting process which will culminate in the 2011/12 budget being considered by members at the council meeting on 24 February 2011.

Council resolves:

That all Members fully support the budget that will be recommended to council on 24 February 2011, which will include a provision to continue fully funding the 19 Sure Start centres in Medway.

On being put to the vote, the motion was carried.

Vote Result

Votes by Councillor

For For For 27

The following councillors voted in favour of the motion:

Against Against Against 20

The following councillors voted against the motion:

Abstain Abstain Abstain 1

The following councillors abstained from voting on the motion:

Absent Absent Absent 7

The following councillors were absent from the vote:

To view the list of councillors who voted in favour or against the motion, those who abstained and those who were absent, click on the appropriate heading.

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