HC Deb 08 July 1991 vol 194 c280W
Mr. Rowe

To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what areas of local authority service provision for which he is responsible local authorities are empowered to make payments to individuals who are not employees(a) in the form of a grant or one-off payment and (b) on receipt of paid invoices.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

In the area of child care, local authorities have a statutory duty under the Child Care Act 1980 to promote the welfare of children by diminishing the need to receive children into care or to bring them before a juvenile court. The assistance given under this Act is normally in the form of services, but, in exceptional circumstances, may be in cash.

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