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Clause 29 defeated in House of Lords

Power to exempt local authorities from legal duties removed from Bill

Clause 29 of the Children and Social Work Bill has been defeated in the House of Lords. The clause would have empowered the Secretary of State to exempt a local authority in England from its legal duties in order to enable it to test different ways of working with a view to achieving better outcomes under children's social care legislation or achieving the same outcomes more efficiently.

In the report debate Lord Ramsbotham's amendment to leave out the clause was supported by 245 peers and opposed by 213.

The Bill will have a third reading in the House of Lords on 23rd November 2016.

To follow progress of the Bill, click here. To read the report debate, click here. For the Bill, as amended on report, click here.

For comments by the Together for Children campaign, which opposed the clause, click here.