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LORDS PLUG LOOPHOLE ON COUNCIL HOMES

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The house of lords have acted to close a legal loophole whereby an estimated 140 privately-run children's and old p...
The house of lords have acted to close a legal loophole whereby an estimated 140 privately-run children's and old people's homes and boarding schools in Scotland were accidentally exempted from council registration and inspection, reported The Herald (6 June, p7).

The Lord Advocate, Lord Hardie, said of the Registered Establishments (Scotland) Bill, 'it seeks to bring the law into line with the policies subscribed to by this government and previous governments. We have a responsibility to ensure our youngest and oldest are being properly cared for. It is therefore essential to take steps without delay. Not to support the bill would risk the well-being of those who most need our protection.'
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