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Yvette Cooper: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Employment and I have today invited applications to set up a sure start programme in each of the following 66 districts in England:
Brighton and Hove
Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle under Lyme
North East Derbyshire
North East Lincolnshire
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Weymouth and Portland
These 66 applications are in addition to the 66 third wave programmes, currently submitting their plans, which should be up and running by the summer; and the 128 first and second wave programmes which are already delivering services to young children and their families in disadvantaged areas.
Mr. Blunkett: I am today making an extra £52 million available to provide support to help some English local education authorities manage funding changes in 2001-02. I am making this extra funding available to deal with known pressures in advance of the longer term revision of the distribution of local authority finance. This funding is in addition to the resources provided through the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, and in addition to other Government funding to relieve other specific pressures on authorities.
This funding is on top of the significant increases that have already been announced for 2001-02--increases which mean £150 extra spending per pupil on average in real terms. The increase in funding per pupil is part of a real terms increase of £370 over three years bringing the total to almost £700 per pupil between 1997 and 2004. Total funding per pupil has already increased by over £300 in real terms since 1997. Between 1994-95 and 1997-98 funding per pupil fell by £60 in real terms.
The recent funding increases include: over £1 billion extra in Education Standard Spending Assessments--a 4.8 per cent. increase on 2000-01; a further £250 million in direct grants to schools--a typical primary school will get £20,000, and a typical secondary school £60,000 (up from £9,000 and £40,000 this year for heads to use as they see fit); and an increase of £600 million in the Standards Fund from £1.7 billion to £2.3 billion to support literacy and numeracy in primary and secondary schools, class sizes and tackling truancy.
The distribution of the extra £52 million will take account of authorities' Education Standard Spending Assessment increase, the extra pressure they face from the transfer of Adult Education funding, their allocation from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, and their need to spend on teacher recruitment and retention--particularly in London and the South East.
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|Number||LEA||Special grant (£ million)|
|314||Kingston upon Thames||0.10|
|318||Richmond upon Thames||0.10|
|391||Newcastle upon Tyne||0.76|
|800||Bath and North East Somerset||0.10|
|801||City of Bristol||0.70|
|807||Redcar and Cleveland||0.50|
|811||East Riding of Yorkshire||0.10|
|812||North East Lincolnshire||0.36|
|868||Windsor and Maidenhead||0.10|
|889||Blackburn with Darwen||0.45|
|894||Telford and Wrekin||0.31|
|921||Isle of Wight||0.10|
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Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what estimate he has made of the number of people employed in schools on term-time only contracts; what proportion of the total workforce this represents; and how many of these workers are women. 
Information on full-time equivalent of hours worked during Annual Schools' Census week in January is published in a Statistical Volume "Statistics of Education--Schools in England 2000" a copy of which is
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Ms Rosie Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many students are (a) studying for degrees in podiatry and (b) training in chiropody; how many have qualified in each of the last five years; and what the cost of training is. 
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