Tories have closed 1,300 family centres in last
It is a serious issue that the services that Sure Start centres offer are much more thinly spread than they were a decade ago
More than one in three Sure Start centres have been axed under the Tories, it has emerged.
Brutal cuts have seen 1,292 of the vital family centres shut since 2010, ministers admit.
Millions of parents rely on Sure Start, which offers clinics, and health and parenting support.
At their peak in 2009/10, there were 3,600 centres.
But Tory austerity slashed numbers by up to 85 per cent in some areas. In Staffs, 46 of 54 centres shut, and Oxfordshire lost 37 of its 45.
Experts believe the service eases pressure on the NHS. The Institute for Fiscal Studies calculated last year that Sure Start parenting and safety advice saved the NHS about £5million a year.标签：