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HISTORIC PRESS RELEASE : PM opens Sure Start centre in Watford [November 2008]

The press release issued by 10 Downing Street on 12 November 2008.

The Prime Minister has travelled to Watford to open a new Sure Start facility and to meet people improving their job seeking skills at a Seetec Employment Centre.

Mr Brown marked the official opening of the Beechfield School Sure Start centre by unveiling a commemorative plaque before meeting staff and chatting with parents and children benefiting from Sure Start programmes.

Beechfield was designated a Sure Start Centre in March 2008 and now offers services such as family learning and behavioural management to almost 1,000 under-5s and their families.

Later, the PM visited the Seetec Employment Centre where he met current jobseekers and former participants, including three Seetec staff, who have used its services. The centre offers help with CV preparation, job applications and interview techniques as well as one-to-one advice and an outreach programme for lone parents.

Asked about the purpose of the visit, the PM said he wanted to meet people who were looking for work and to assure them that the Government was doing everything it can to get the economy moving during the current downturn. The UK will urge other countries to contribute to economic stimulus measures at this weekend’s international financial summit in Washington, he said.