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(6)    

In this section “Children’s Centre” has the meaning given by section 5A(4)

 

[Arrangements for provision of children’s centres] of the Childcare Act 2006.’.

 


 

Duty to ensure sufficient support

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

NC41

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

It shall be the general duty of every local authority to take steps to ensure that, so

 

far as reasonably practicable, a range and level of services are provided sufficient

 

to improve the wellbeing of young carers who are ordinarily resident in their area.

 

(2)    

The reference in subsection (1) to services may include those provided by

 

institutions referred to elsewhere in this Act, as well as to those provided on a

 

regular basis by charitable and voluntary organisations.

 

(3)    

In discharging its duty under subsection (1), a local authority must have regard

 

to—

 

(a)    

data gathered by other agencies in exercising their duties under sections

 

[Health bodies: duties with respect to young carers], [Schools: duties

 

with respect to young carers] and [Further and higher education

 

institutions: duties with respect to student carers];

 

(b)    

any guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of State.’.

 


 

Duty to assess social care provision for young carers

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

NC42

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

In determining for the purposes of section [Duty to ensure sufficient support]

 

whether the provision of social care support is sufficient to meet the needs of

 

young carers, a local authority must—

 

(a)    

undertake an assessment of social care needs of disabled people and

 

young carers in their area;

 

(b)    

undertake an assessment of the sufficiency of the supply of social care

 

services for disabled people and young carers in their area;

 

(c)    

publish a strategy setting out the steps to ensuring sufficiency of supply

 

of social care services for disabled people and young carers in their area;

 

and

 

(d)    

have regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of

 

State.


 
 

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(2)    

In relation to paragraphs (1)(a) and (b), the Secretary of State may by regulations

 

define the assessments of social care needs and sufficiency of supply of social

 

care services.’.

 


 

Health bodies: duties with respect to young carers

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

NC43

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

In exercising their general functions health bodies must—

 

(a)    

promote and safeguard the well-being of young carers;

 

(b)    

ensure that effective procedures exist to identify patients who are or are

 

about to become carers;

 

(c)    

ensure that effective procedures exist to identify patients who it may be

 

reasonably assumed may be receiving care from a child or young person

 

for whom they are responsible;

 

(d)    

ensure that appropriate systems exist to ensure that carers receive

 

appropriate information and advice; and

 

(e)    

ensure that systems are in place to ensure that the relevant general

 

medical services are rendered to their patients who are young carers, or

 

to the young carers of their patients.

 

(2)    

In relation to paragraphs (1)(b), (c) and (d), the Secretary of State may by

 

regulations further provide for the strategies to be developed.’.

 


 

Schools: duties with respect to young carers

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

NC44

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The appropriate authorities of schools must ensure that, within 12 months of the

 

passing of this Act, they take all reasonable steps to ensure that there is in place

 

a policy which—

 

(a)    

identifies young carers within the school; and

 

(b)    

makes arrangements for the provision within school of appropriate

 

support to promote the well-being and improve the educational

 

attainment of pupils who are young carers.

 

(2)    

In discharging its duty under subsection (1), where appropriate the authority

 

must—

 

(a)    

consult with the family of the child or young person identified, or the

 

young person themselves;

 

(b)    

involve the local authority in which the identified pupil is ordinarily

 

resident;


 
 

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(c)    

refer the identified pupil to additional services outside the school;

 

(d)    

have regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of

 

State.

 

(3)    

The “appropriate authority” for a school is—

 

(a)    

in the case of a maintained school, the governing body;

 

(b)    

in the case of an Academy, the proprietor;

 

(c)    

in the case of a pupil referral unit, the management committee.’.

 


 

Further and higher educational institutions: duties with respect to student carers

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

NC45

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The responsible body of an institution to which this section applies must, within

 

12 months of the passing of this Act, identify or make arrangements to identify

 

student carers and have a policy in place on promoting the well-being of student

 

carers.

 

(2)    

This section applies to—

 

(a)    

a university;

 

(b)    

any other institution within the higher education sector;

 

(c)    

an institution within the further education sector.

 

(3)    

A responsible body is—

 

(a)    

in the case of an institution in paragraphs (2)(a) or (b), the governing

 

body;

 

(b)    

in the case of a college of further education under the management of a

 

board of management, the board of management;

 

(c)    

in the case of any other college of further education, any board of

 

governors of the college or any person responsible for the management

 

of the college, whether or not formally constituted as a governing body

 

or board of governors.

 

(4)    

In discharging its duty under subsection (1), where appropriate the authority

 

must—

 

(a)    

consult with the family of the child or young person identified, or the

 

young person themselves;

 

(b)    

involve the local authority in which the identified pupil is ordinarily

 

resident;

 

(c)    

refer the identified student to additional services outside of the

 

institution; and

 

(d)    

have regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of

 

State.’.

 



 
 

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Interpretation

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

Lisa Nandy

 

NC46

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘In this Part—

 

“carer” has the same meaning as in section 1 of the Carers (Recognition and

 

Services) Act 1995;

 

“young carer” means a person under 18 years of age who carries out caring

 

tasks and assumes a level of responsibility for another person which

 

would normally be carried out by an adult;

 

“student carer” means a person enrolled with an institution in the further or

 

higher education sector who carries out caring tasks and assumes a level

 

of responsibility for another person with a disability;

 

“well-being” means the state of young carers so far as relating to—

 

(a)    

physical and mental health and emotional well-being;

 

(b)    

control by them over their day-to-day lives;

 

(c)    

participation in education, training or recreation;

 

(d)    

social and economic well-being;

 

(e)    

domestic, family and personal relationships;

 

(f)    

the contribution made by them to society.

 

“children’s services” means services that could be provided under section

 

17(1) of the Children Act 1989;

 

“community care services” has the same meaning as in section 46(3) of the

 

National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990;

 

“disability” has the same meaning as in section 6 of the Equality Act 2010;

 

“general medical services” has the same meaning as in the National Health

 

Service Act 2006;

 

“health bodies” includes—

 

(a)    

“Clinical Commissioning Groups”, which has the same meaning

 

as in section 1I of the National Health Service Act 2006;

 

(b)    

“Foundation Trusts”, which has the same meaning as in section

 

30 of the National Health Service Act 2006;

 

(c)    

“NHS Trusts”, which have the same meaning as in section 25 of

 

the National Health Service Act 2006; and

 

(d)    

“the NHS Commissioning Board”, which has the same meaning

 

as in section 1H of the National Health Service Act 2006;

 

“higher education” and “further education” have the same meanings as in

 

section 94 of the Equality Act 2010;

 

“local authority” means a county council, district council, London borough

 

council, the Greater London Authority or the Common Council of the

 

City of London;

 

“social care services” means any support that could be provided by a local

 

authority in discharge of its functions under the Local Authority Social

 

Services Act 1970 or pursuant to its powers under section 2 of the Local

 

Government Act 2000.’.

 



 
 

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Teachers

 

Mr Graham Allen

 

Bill Esterson

 

NC47

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

This section imposes duties on the appropriate authorities of the following

 

schools in England—

 

(a)    

mainstream schools;

 

(b)    

maintained nursery schools.

 

(2)    

The appropriate authority must ensure all new teachers have undertaken in their

 

initial teacher training a mandatory module on special educational needs,

 

including dyslexia.

 

(3)    

The “appropriate authority” for a school is—

 

(a)    

in the case of a maintained school or maintained nursery school, the

 

governing body;

 

(b)    

in the case of an Academy, the proprietor.’.

 


 

Remit of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

NC48

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘In section 72B of the Care Standards Act 2000, after subsection (1)(b), add—

 

“(c)    

the exercise or proposed exercise in relation to Wales of any

 

function of a UK Government Minister.”.’.

 


 

Inclusion of children in equality impact assessments

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

NC49

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (Public sector equality duty) is amended as

 

follows—

 

“(1)    

In subsection (7) after “age” add “,with particular regard to children

 

under the age of 18.”

 

(2)    

After subsection (9) add—

 

“(10)    

The public sector equality duty set out in this section as it relates

 

to children shall apply in the formulation and implementation of


 
 

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policy and in the formulation, promotion and implementation of

 

legislation.”.’.

 


 

Right to return to the same job after shared parental leave

 

Lisa Nandy

 

Mrs Sharon Hodgson

 

NC50

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

An employee who returns to work after any period of—

 

(a)    

ordinary maternity leave;

 

(b)    

ordinary adoption leave;

 

(c)    

paternity leave;

 

(d)    

shared parental leave of 26 weeks or less; or

 

(e)    

parental leave of four weeks or less, which was a period of isolated leave,

 

or a consecutive period of any statutory leave of 26 weeks or less is

 

entitled to return from leave to the job in which the employee was

 

employed before the employee’s absence.

 

(2)    

An employee who returns to work after any period of—

 

(a)    

additional maternity leave;

 

(b)    

additional adoption leave;

 

(c)    

parental leave of more than four weeks; or

 

(d)    

a consecutive period of any statutory leave of more than 26 weeks

 

    

is entitled to return from leave to the job in which the employee was

 

employed before the employee’s absence, or, if it is not reasonably

 

practicable for the employer to permit the employee to return to that job,

 

to another job which is both suitable for the employee and appropriate for

 

the employee to do in the circumstances.

 

(3)    

The reference in subsections (1) and (2) to the job in which an employee was

 

employed before the employee’s absence is a reference to the job in which the

 

employee was employed—

 

(a)    

if the employee’s return is from an isolated period of statutory leave,

 

immediately before that period began,

 

(b)    

if the employee’s return is from consecutive periods of statutory leave,

 

immediately before the first such period.’.

 


 

Extension of other statutory rights to leave and pay

 

Lucy Powell

 

NC51

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

In section 80A of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (Entitlement to ordinary

 

paternity leave: birth) subsection (1)(b) is repealed.


 
 

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(2)    

Section 171ZA of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992

 

(Entitlement: birth) subsection (2)(b) is repealed.’.

 


 

Father quota entitlement

 

Lucy Powell

 

NC52

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

In Part 8 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 after section 80E there is inserted—

 

“80F  

Entitlement to father quota

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State may make regulations entitling an employee who

 

satisfies specified conditions as to the relationship with a child or

 

expected child or with the child’s mother to be absent from work on leave

 

under this section for the purpose of caring for the child.

 

(2)    

Regulations under subsection (1) shall provide that such leave shall be

 

taken before the end of the period of 56 weeks beginning with the date of

 

the child’s birth.

 

(3)    

Provision under subsection (1) shall secure that where an employee is

 

entitled to leave under this section in respect of a child he is entitled to at

 

least four weeks’ leave.”

 

(2)    

In the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 after section 171ZT

 

there is inserted—

 

“171ZTT 

father quota entitlement

 

(1)    

Regulations shall provide that where an employee is entitled to a father

 

quota of leave under Section 80F of the Employment Rights Act 1996,

 

the employee is to be entitled to payments known as “father quota pay”.

 

(2)    

Father quota pay under subsection (1) shall be at the earnings-related

 

weekly rate of 90 per cent of the employee’s average earnings for the first

 

six weeks in respect of which it is payable, followed by a fixed weekly

 

rate thereafter which shall not be less than the weekly rate of the full time

 

national minimum wage in respect of the remaining portion of the father

 

quota pay period”.’.

 


 

Statutory maternity pay for multiple births

 

Lucy Powell

 

NC53

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 is amended as follows.


 
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