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Labour election promise: 'wholesale review' of care system

Date:26 NOV 2019
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The Labour Party has promised that, if they are elected, it would carry out a wholesale review of the care system, and reintroduce a Domestic Abuse Bill. They also commit to legislate on no fault divorce in their manifesto.

The manifesto says: "Vulnerable children have suffered most, with many left waiting until crisis point for support. Councils are having to meet the needs of more at-risk children with lower funding. Labour will launch a wholesale review of the care system, including kinship care, considering national standards such as a central register of foster parents and regulation of semi-supported housing, to ensure we meet the needs of every child. We will rebuild early intervention services and replace the Troubled Families programme with a Stronger Families programme, refocused on long-term support to reduce the risk of children going into care."


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On domestic violence and no fault divorce, it says: "Violence against women and girls is unacceptable as is many women’s experience of criminal justice agencies. We will set new standards for tackling domestic and sexual abuse and violence, and appoint a Commissioner for Violence against Women and Girls. We will establish an independent review into shamefully low rape prosecution rates. We will establish a National 48 IT’S TIME FOR REAL CHANGE Refuge Fund, ensure financial stability for rape crisis centres and reintroduce a Domestic Abuse Bill. We will improve the safety of the family court system for domestic violence victims and prohibit their cross-examination by their abuser. We will introduce protections for victims of so-called revenge porn. Labour will introduce a no-fault divorce procedure. We will uphold women’s reproductive rights and decriminalise abortions."

You can read the full manifesto here.