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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:43 am on 31st January 2019.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing) 10:43 am, 31st January 2019

A recent investigation by The Observer and Radio 5 Live found that there has been a 28% increase to more than 3,000 in the number of looked-after children under the age of 18 living in independent living accommodation without support. In many cases, that leaves these young people in danger. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government refuses to take responsibility for these children and does not even collate data on how many of them are being failed. Can we have an urgent debate in Government time on the responsibilities and resources of local authorities to protect these very vulnerable young people?