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Children in Care: Coastal Areas

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the Answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1821-3W, on children in care: coastal areas, if he will make it his policy to collect data on looked-after children by (a) ward and (b) lower super output area in the principal seaside towns of England. (244405)

We do not intend to collect data centrally on looked-after children by ward and lower super output area in the principal seaside towns of England.

In line with our commitments in the Local Government White Paper, “Strong and Prosperous Communities” we aim to

“reduce radically the number of nationally-required local targets, performance indicators and reporting”

and to replace these with a

“revised Local Area Agreement (LAA) process through which central Government and local partners will agree and manage a limited number of improvement targets for each local area”.

However local authorities will often be collecting information at ward/town level to aid their priority setting and performance management arrangements.