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COMMONS CHAMBER 11:30am: Treasury questions (Topicals at 12:15pm) Main business Ten minute rule motion: Voter Registration Bill (Chris Ruane, Lab, Vale of Clwyd) Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Second Reading Insuranc... Continue to article
Nick Clegg has defended the Liberal Democrats’ record in Government despite attacks from the Labour and Conservative benches. MPs ridiculed comments made by the Deputy Prime Minister yesterday that his party would "provide heart to the C... Continue to article
Tim Loughton warned against scrapping the current panel looking into child abuse and starting again on a stronger statutory footing. “This panel isn’t perfect, but there are some very well-qualified, decent people on the panel who have g... Continue to article
Tim Loughton said Ofsted was right to warn that councils had been too slow to tackle child sexual exploitation. “Yes they have and it’s disappointing frankly. Three years after when I was children’s minister I launched the Child Exploita... Continue to article
Witchcraft crimes are not investigated properly because authorities are too "cowed" by political correctness, a minister said yesterday.
Tory PPS Tim Loughton said there was a "wall of silence" around the issue.
He added: "Community leaders have been reluctant to challenge beliefs which risk leading to real abuse in their midst, or because authorities misunderstand the causes or are cowed by political correctness."
Parents are putting their children at risk by helping them set up under-age Facebook accounts, the Children's Minister has said. Tim Loughton accued parents who help their children of "aiding and abetting" youngsters to use the site, despite the official age limit being 13.
The Children's Minister has warned that benefit reforms "appear to undermine" government commitments to support carers by cutting payments by as much as £3,500. Tim Loughton has written to Lord Freud explaining children of disabled single parents could suffer from the proposed reforms, the Guardian reports.
The Government is considering ordering an inquiry into state-run children's homes after nine men were jailed for abusing children from homes in Rochdale. The Independent on Sunday reports that the Government has warned of "eye-watering" evidence of the abuse of care homes in England. Children's Minister Tim Loughton has said the level of abuse in homes has been "widely underestimated" and suggested he will take the matter further.
English councils will only be rated 'outstanding' for adoption services if they place children in families within 12 months, Ofsted has announced. The new rules place the emphasis firmly on speed, and have been welcomed by Children's Minister Tim Loughton, who said "I want to see radical improvements to ensure that all children who would benefit from adoption are placed as quickly as possible to make sure they get the start in life they deserve."
The Government has announced an extra £6m a year to help foster carers and vulnerable families.
The money will be shared by 37 local authorities to support programmes such as increasing parenting skills and preventing anti-social behavior.
Children's Minister Tim Loughton said he was "delighted" by the measures and added that the money would be split between helping foster carers and families with children "on the edge" of care.
He said: "For those children who can not remain with their families, we want to ensure that those responsible for caring for them have the right support to help them meet their often challenging needs."
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