Being a businessperson and an MP I am sure you can smell a good deal, and according to figures released to Parliament in questions to David Cameron – who did not, and has not disputed them – the SureStart scheme shows a 4:1 cost benefit, and to put it into perspective gives a greater return than HS2 is supposed to do, so sounds like a good deal.
Not only does Sure Start give a better rate of return than HS2 is is very much cheaper and is also universal (HS2 Ltd has recently released figures saying some areas may actually be dis-benefited).
Not only does it give a benefit to society it also gives a benefit to families and children, the most vulnerable.
I think we both agree it is a win win situation, perhaps why David Cameron promised not to cut SureStart and thought the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s accusation that the Tories would cut Sure Start was scurrilous. I remember emailing you regarding his comments ‘Call Me Dave’ made in Parliament in questions on the subject – so I know he actually said that Sure Start would be ring fenced because he understood its importance.
I appreciate that the Conservative Party has been deleting its promises (NHS, VAT, Sure Start, EMA, and Child Benefit) from its website but there is still plenty of evidence that the Tories made these promises – unfortunately for Tory MP’s.
Of course you can imagine how I felt when I heard that 570 Sure Start Centres have been closed, these figures are from the ONS, and confusion when the Government says only 45 have been closed (surely some mistake) and wonder how you feel about this. It is also happening in Swindon so this is very much something to do with you.
I really hope you will be pressing the Government to stop attacking the poorest in society and perhaps spend a little less effort on protecting Bankers bonuses in the EU – I am sure you understand that it is the weakest in society need help, and with a cost benefit of 4:1 you can’t claim it is frivolous ‘Nanny State’ interference?