Tory care claim attacked
Labour has hit out at the new Children’s Minister after it emerged he has written to councils across the UK to remind of their obligations to young people leaving care.
Edward Timpson said the current support structures were a “national scandal”, due to the variation between different councils’ grants.
But Labour said it was "simply not good enough" for ministers to lay the blame for poor outcomes for care leavers at the door of carers and councils.
As he announced a new care leavers’ charter, Mr Timpson called on local authorities to provide at least £2,000 to ensure teenagers get a more “solid start” in life.
Mr Timpson, whose parents fostered over 80 children, said told Daybreak his message to councils was simple: “Do better.”
“There is more that we can do for these young people – the 6,000 who leave care every year. It’s not a huge number, but they have one of the most difficult starts in any life that we can imagine so we need to give all the support that we can and we all have a part to play.”
But Shadow Children's Minister Lisa Nandy said: "It is simply not good enough for Ministers to blame poor outcomes for care leavers on those children, their carers or councils. The last Labour Government introduced the Children (Leaving Care) Act to give young people real power over their own lives.
"This Government has systematically stripped away support for young people and the Tory-led Government must be willing to take responsibility not just criticise others."