MPs vote to reinstate controversial ‘exemption clause’

copy-of-copy-of-cswb-2Government proposals to allow councils to apply for exemptions from children’s social care legislation have been reinserted into the Children and Social Work Bill following a vote by MPs.

‘The controversial so-called “exemption clause” was previously removed from the legislation in November following a defeat for the government in the House of Lords.

But members of a committee scrutinising the bill have effectively overturned that decision by voting through amended proposals by 10 to five, despite opposition from Labour MPs’.

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