Peers vote to remove controversial proposals from Children and Social Work Bill
The government has been defeated in the House of Lords over controversial proposals to allow councils to request exemptions from statutory social care duties.
Peers voted 245-213 in favour of amendment to delete the proposals, set out in clause 29, from the Children and Social Work Bill.
The so-called ‘exemption’ clause handed the education secretary the power to grant councils exemptions from statutory duties under children’s social care for an initial period of three years, subject to parliamentary approval.
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