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Letters Austerity cuts and Sure Start children’s centres

Disadvantaged families are at greatest risk from austerity cuts to children’s centres

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 23 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i897
  1. James Hall, research fellow1,
  2. Pam Sammons, professor of education1,
  3. Kathy Sylva, professor of educational psychology1,
  4. Maria Evangelou, associate professor1,
  5. Naomi Eisenstadt, senior research fellow1,
  6. Teresa Smith, associate fellow2,
  7. George Smith, associate fellow2
  1. 1Department of Education, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  2. 2Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. James.Hall{at}

As authors of the research outlined in your report we were pleased by The BMJ’s coverage of our findings on children’s centres.1 However, we also showed that the threat posed by austerity cuts was even greater in the 20% most financially disadvantaged …

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