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23 April, 2001

CPHVA welcomes £40 Million rural boost to Sure Start

The £40 million Sure Start programme to tackle child poverty and health in rural areas - announced by the government today (Monday, 23 April) - was welcomed as "a really positive move" by the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association.

The CPHVA’s Lead Professional Officer (Health Visiting), Obi Amadi said: ‘This programme will bring great benefits to the 25% of children who live in poverty in the countryside. Too often in the past the countryside has been romanticised when, in fact, there are pockets of dire poverty in the rural areas.’

‘Rural unemployment, poor transport facilities, GP surgeries located in the main towns, and the closure of local shops all mitigate against low-income families. This programme will help address these issues and ideally, the CPHVA would like Sure Start extended to cover all areas of deprivation, both urban and rural.’

‘Many of the areas that will benefit from this programme are ones that have suffered most from the foot-and mouth outbreak and today’s announcement will help reassure them that long-term action is being taken in those areas.’

‘One factor that influenced Sure Start funding previously was population criteria, but the government has now recognised that sparse rural populations also need this concentrated help.’

‘Health visitors and community nurses will welcome this initiative and be keen to play their play in ensuring its success.’



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The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance union. The CPHVA represents 18,000 health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.