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St Luke’s Healthy Living Centre, Southend SS2

Location: UK » East of England » SS

The Department for Education withdrew £900k of funding for St Luke’s Healthy Living Centre in Southend less than a year after it opened.

The centre - which was the brainchild of a local primary school headteacher - aims to improve the health of residents living in one of the most deprived parts of Southend, and create training, employment and social enterprise opportunities for local people.

Among the many services the centre offers are a community allotment project, business and enterprise advice and mini-health checks for fathers.

The funding cut was the result of £169.5m in savings made from the Department of Education’s capital budget for 2010-11. As part of these savings the Co-location Fund Programme, which provided a large amount of funding towards St Luke’s Health Living Centre, was asked to contribute £24 million.

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