Supporting Disadvantaged Families

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:23 pm on 9th November 2020.

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Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 5:23 pm, 9th November 2020

Indeed, my hon. Friend is right. Using councils is probably the best way because they have the variety of information that I referring to earlier, but we can also use social services and health visitors. This goes beyond just children at school, and we need to make sure that all the information is well considered, in the round, so that the children who need help this winter get it.

I am conscious that people have asked why this is going to a variety of councils in the upper tier. It is because those councils generally have a statutory duty towards children. However, the best councils I have seen are working together right across their counties to make sure they make full use of the levers of local government to help children, an aim we share in this House, along with our councillors up and down the country, regardless of what party they represent.