The Children and Social Work Bill began in the House of Lords back in May 2016. Among the many controversial elements was the proposal to introduce ‘power to test different ways of working’ by allowing – or directing a replacement Trust in the case of failing councils – local authorities to opt out of children’s social care legislation. A petition against this attracted over 107,000 signatories and the House of Lords voted to take the clauses out of the Bill. A list of organisations opposing the proposals can be found here (Article 39 Briefing). Continue reading
Where a local authority is carrying out an investigation under section 47 of the Children Act 1989, HMRC is able to share child benefit information.