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Children in Care: Child Trust Fund

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which local authorities (a) ensure that the full £100 Child Trust Fund annual payments for looked-after children are put in their individual account and (b) have used all or part of these payments for other purposes. (322391)

[holding answer 17 March 2010]: Information about annual £100 Child Trust Fund top-up payments made by local authorities to the accounts of individual looked-after children who are eligible is not collected centrally. Statutory guidance andsocialcare/childrenincare/childtrustfund/childtrustfund/ 1

on arrangements for the payment of Child Trust Funds was issued to local authorities in England under section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 which they must act under when performing their duties under section 22(3)(a) (duty to promote the welfare of a looked after child) of the Children Act 1989. The devolved Administrations have also put guidance on the payment of Child Trust Funds in place.

1 Child Trust Fund Account Top Up Payments For Looked After Children: Statutory Guidance on Local Authority Practice in England.