MPs Reinstate Controversial Powers to Children and Social Work Bill
The controversial 'exemption clause' has been reinstated to the Children and Social Work Bill following a vote from MPs.
The clauses - which allow the education secretary to exempt councils from certain child protection legislation - were previously removed in November following a defeat in the House of Lords.
However, MPs voted to reinstate the clauses to the bill on Monday by 10 to 5, despite a recent survey from the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) showing that of the 1,000 respondents surveyed, 76 percent objected to the legislation.
As well as the survey, 50 organisations including BASW had submitted evidence opposing the clauses - by contrast, the Local Government Association submitted evidence supporting them.
According to the government, these exemption powers will let councils innovate in finding new ways of working unbound by red tape, but others fear they will allow councils to avoid their legal obligations to children.
The clauses had previously been amended to so councils would not be allowed to use them to remove restrictions around profit-making companies in the sector.
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