MPs vote against scrapping controversial relaxation of statutory duties

MPs have voted against a motion to scrap emergency changes relaxing and removing local authorities’ duties to vulnerable children. Following a debate on the controversial changes to legislation, known as Statutory Instrument 445, introduced in April, a motion to annul the amendments was defeated by 260 votes to 123.
The motion was led by Labour’s shadow education secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey who told the House of Commons: “It is easy to see how a whole generation of looked-after children could be adversely affected ​during the six months the relaxed duties are in place.” Read more.