Multi Million pound boost to Flying Start is vital in tackling poverty

The Welsh Labour Government’s drive to help children in the most deprived areas of Wales is to receive an £11 million funding boost so that more families benefit from the free scheme.

Vale of Clwyd AM, Ann Jones has cited the announcement as evidence of the Welsh Labour Government’s ongoing commitment to tackling child poverty.

Flying Start aims to make a decisive difference to the lives of children in the most disadvantaged communities across Wales. 23,579 children currently use Flying Start and the Welsh Labour Government want the scheme to cover 36,000 children and their families by the end of the Assembly term in 2016.

Mrs Jones said: “Welsh Labour has put tackling poverty and reducing inequalities at the heart of its agenda. That is something that I am extremely proud of.

“The scheme has been hailed as a success by a variety of professionals and organisations and I’m very pleased to see that the Welsh Labour Government has been able to fund the expansion of the scheme.

“We are putting our money where our mouth is and we are delivering in Government. Child poverty is a scourge on our society and we will continue to work towards eradicating child poverty”.

The Welsh Labour Government is to invest £6 million of capital funding over the next two years to develop the facilities and infrastructure needed for the expansion. There is also additional funding of £5 million revenue in 2014-15 for the running costs of the programme.

Flying Start offers eligible parents free quality childcare for 2-3 year olds, parenting support, an enhanced health visitor service and help for early language development. It supports families to look after their children’s health and well-being.