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30 hours delivery support fund figures announced
OnMar 8, 2018
By Rachel Lawler
The government has shared details of funding allocated to local authorities to help with the delivery of the 30 hours offer.
The funding is for the 2017-2018 financial year and is being shared across 147 local authorities who applied through a round of bidding. A total of £7.7 million was made available to local authorities through the fund.
Projects supported by the funding include SEND support, childminder support an recruitment and partnership hubs.
The funds will be used to help with the delivery of the 30 hours offer and is designed to create new places, directly or indirectly, for the 2018 summer term.
The support fund was first announced in November 2017 and aims to “support local authorities with the first year of [30 hours] delivery, and to enable them to support their providers to deliver sufficient 30 hours places”.
Local authorities were allocated funding based on the challenges they faced and how well they had demonstrated that they would be able to deliver sufficient 30 hours places for summer term.
Evidence of impact
Local authorities who have been allocated funding will need to demonstrate how it will be spent before 31 August. They will also be asked to record and share evidence of its impact with Childcare Works when requested.
In autumn 2018, the successful applicants will need to submit a short report including statistical evidence of the project’s success.
Some of the local authorities named will receive further funding support outside of this funding round, with further support available to help improve IT systems.
Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Alliance, said: “While local authorities are likely to welcome any financial support they can get from government, the fact is that this funding, which in the vast majority of areas amounts to less than £100,000, can only ever have a limited impact on councils’ – and providers’ – ability to deliver the 30-hour offer in a sustainable way.
“It’s clear from the decision to create the ‘delivery support fund’ that the Department for Education is all too aware that ensuring sufficient 30 hours places for the summer term is going to be a real challenge. Rather than tinkering around the edges with ad hoc pots of funding to councils, the government needs to tackle the root cause of sufficiency problems: insufficient funding for frontline providers.
“With key costs like wages and business rates set to increase next month, but many providers seeing little to no change in funding rates, the situation is only going to get worse unless the government takes action soon.”
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