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[F1PART A1E+W+S+N.I.LIFE CHANCES

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Children: reporting obligationsE+W+S+N.I.

A1AWorkless households and educational attainmentE+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Secretary of State must publish and lay before Parliament a report containing data on—

(a)children living in workless households in England;

(b)children living in long-term workless households in England;

(c)the educational attainment of children in England at the end of Key Stage 4;

(d)the educational attainment of disadvantaged children in England at the end of Key Stage 4.

(2)The report must set out how the Secretary of State has interpreted the following terms for the purposes of the report—

(a)child;

(b)household;

(c)worklessness;

(d)long-term worklessness;

(e)educational attainment;

(f)disadvantage.

(3)The data contained in the report, and the provision about how the terms used in it are to be interpreted, must, so far as practicable, be derived from any relevant official statistics.

(4)The first report must be published before the end of the financial year ending with 31 March 2017.

(5)Later reports must be published before the end of each subsequent financial year.

(6)In this section—

  • “Key Stage 4” means the fourth key stage, within the meaning of Part 6 of the Education Act 2002;

  • “official statistics” has the meaning given by section 6(1) of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007.]

[F2Social Mobility CommissionE+W+S+N.I.

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F2Ss. A1B, A1C and cross-heading inserted (16.5.2016) by Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 6(1), 36(2)(d)

A1BSocial Mobility CommissionE+W+S+N.I.

(1)The body established by section 8 of this Act continues in existence.

(2) On and after the commencement date the body is to be called the Social Mobility Commission (in this Act referred to as “ the Commission ”).

(3)“The commencement date” is the date on which section 6 of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 comes into force.

(4)The Commission’s functions are those conferred on it by or under this Act.

(5) Schedule 1 contains further provision about the Commission .

A1CPromotion of social mobility, advice and reportsE+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Commission must promote social mobility in England.

(2)The Commission must on request give advice to a Minister of the Crown about how to improve social mobility in England.

(3) Advice given under subsection (2) must be published.

(4)The Commission must publish a report setting out its views on the progress made towards improving social mobility in the United Kingdom.

(5)The report must also describe, in the case of a report made after the appointed day for Northern Ireland, the measures taken by the Northern Ireland departments in accordance with a Northern Ireland strategy.

(6)The report may be published as one or more documents as a Minister of the Crown may direct.

(7)The first report must be published before the end of the financial year ending with 31 March 2017.

(8)Later reports must be published before the end of each subsequent financial year.

(9)A Minister of the Crown must lay a report under this section before Parliament.

(10) A Minister of the Crown may direct the Commission to carry out any other activity relating to improving social mobility in England or Northern Ireland. ]

Part 1E+W+S+N.I.[F3Strategies: Northern Ireland]

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F3Pt. 1 heading substituted (16.5.2016) by Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(7), 36(2)(d)

Targets relating to child povertyE+W+S+N.I.

F41The 2010 targetE+W+S+N.I.

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F42Duty of Secretary of State to ensure that targets in sections 3 to 6 are metE+W+S+N.I.

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F43The relative low income targetE+W+S+N.I.

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F44The combined low income and material deprivation targetE+W+S+N.I.

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F45The absolute low income targetE+W+S+N.I.

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F46The persistent poverty targetE+W+S+N.I.

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F47Interpretation of terms used in relation to targetsE+W+S+N.I.

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Social Mobility and Child Poverty CommissionE+W+S+N.I.

F48Social Mobility and Child Poverty CommissionE+W+S+N.I.

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F48AAdviceE+W+S+N.I.

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F48BAnnual reportsE+W+S+N.I.

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F48COther functionsE+W+S+N.I.

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Strategies: duties of Secretary of StateE+W+S+N.I.

F49UK strategiesE+W+S+N.I.

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F410ConsultationE+W+S+N.I.

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Strategies: duties of F5... relevant Northern Ireland departmentE+W+S+N.I.

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F5Words in s. 11 cross-heading omitted (16.5.2016) by virtue of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(2), 36(2)(d)

F411Scottish strategiesS

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12Northern Ireland strategiesN.I.

(1)The relevant Northern Ireland department must, before the end of the period of 12 months beginning with the day on which this Act is passed, publish and lay before the Northern Ireland Assembly the first Northern Ireland strategy.

(2)A “Northern Ireland strategy” is a strategy under this section setting out the measures that the Northern Ireland departments propose to take—

F6(a). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(b)for the purpose of ensuring as far as possible that children in Northern Ireland do not experience socio-economic disadvantage.

(3)Before the end of the period to which a Northern Ireland strategy relates, the relevant Northern Ireland department must review the strategy and publish and lay before the Northern Ireland Assembly a revised Northern Ireland strategy, but this subsection does not apply [F7after 31 March 2020].

(4)A Northern Ireland strategy must—

(a)where it relates to a period ending [F8before 1 April 2021]

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(ii)describe the F10... progress that the Northern Ireland departments intend to make by the end of the period to which the strategy relates in achieving the purpose mentioned in subsection (2)(b), and

(b)describe the progress that the Northern Ireland departments intend to make [F11by 31 March 2021] in achieving the purpose mentioned in subsection (2)(b), F12....

(5)A Northern Ireland strategy other than the first must also—

(a)describe the measures taken by the Northern Ireland departments in accordance with the previous Northern Ireland strategy,

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(c)describe [F14the] effects of those measures that contribute to the achievement of the purpose mentioned in subsection (2)(b).

(6)A Northern Ireland strategy may not include proposals that relate to excepted or reserved matters, within the meaning of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

(7)The relevant Northern Ireland department must, on or before each report date relating to a Northern Ireland strategy, lay before the Northern Ireland Assembly a report which—

(a)describes the measures taken by the Northern Ireland departments in accordance with the Northern Ireland strategy,

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(c)describes [F16the] effects of those measures that contribute to the achievement of the purpose mentioned in subsection (2)(b).

(8)The report dates relating to a Northern Ireland strategy are each anniversary of the day on which it was laid before the Northern Ireland Assembly, other than an anniversary which falls—

(a)on or after the date on which a subsequent Northern Ireland strategy is so laid, or

(b)[F17after 31 March 2021].

(9)References in this section to the period to which a Northern Ireland strategy relates are references to the period beginning with the date on which the Northern Ireland strategy is laid before the Northern Ireland Assembly and—

(a)except in the case of a Northern Ireland strategy laid before the Assembly less than 3 years [F18before 1 April 2020], ending 3 years later, and

(b)in that excepted case, [F19ending with 31 March 2021].

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F6S. 12(2)(a) repealed (16.5.2016) by Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(3)(a), 36(2)(d)

F7Words in s. 12(3) substituted (16.5.2016) by Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(3)(b), 36(2)(d)

F8Words in s. 12(4)(a) substituted (16.5.2016) by Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(3)(c), 36(2)(d)

F9S. 12(4)(a)(i) omitted (16.5.2016) by virtue of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(3)(d), 36(2)(d)

F10Word in s. 12(4)(a)(ii) omitted (16.5.2016) by virtue of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(3)(e), 36(2)(d)

F11Words in s. 12(4)(b) substituted (16.5.2016) by Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(3)(f), 36(2)(d)

F12Words in s. 12(4)(b) omitted (16.5.2016) by virtue of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(3)(g), 36(2)(d)

F13S. 12(5)(b) omitted (16.5.2016) by virtue of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(3)(h), 36(2)(d)

F14Word in s. 12(5)(c) substituted (16.5.2016) by Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(3)(i), 36(2)(d)

F15S. 12(7)(b) omitted (16.5.2016) by virtue of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(3)(j), 36(2)(d)

F16Word in s. 12(7)(c) substituted (16.5.2016) by Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(3)(k), 36(2)(d)

F17Words in s. 12(8)(b) substituted (16.5.2016) by Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(3)(l), 36(2)(d)

F18Words in s. 12(9)(a) substituted (16.5.2016) by Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(3)(m), 36(2)(d)

F19Words in s. 12(9)(b) substituted (16.5.2016) by Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(3)(n), 36(2)(d)

13 [F20 Consultation: F21 ... Northern Ireland ] E+W+S+N.I.

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(3)In preparing F23... a Northern Ireland strategy, the [F24relevant Northern Ireland department]

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(b)must consult the Secretary of State,

(c)must consult such children, and organisations working with or representing children, as the [F24relevant Northern Ireland department] thinks fit,

(d)must consult such parents, and organisations working with or representing parents, as the [F24relevant Northern Ireland department] thinks fit, and

(e)may consult such other persons as the [F24relevant Northern Ireland department] thinks fit.

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F20 S. 13 heading substituted (8.5.2012) by Welfare Reform Act 2012 (c. 5) , s. 150(2)(j) , Sch. 13 para. 7(a)

F21Words in s. 13 heading omitted (16.5.2016) by virtue of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(4)(e), 36(2)(d)

F22 S. 13(1)(2) repealed (8.5.2012) by Welfare Reform Act 2012 (c. 5) , s. 150(2)(j) , Sch. 13 para. 7(b)

F23Words in s. 13(3) omitted (16.5.2016) by virtue of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(4)(a), 36(2)(d)

F24Words in s. 13(3) substituted (16.5.2016) by Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(4)(b), 36(2)(d)

F25S. 13(3)(a) omitted (16.5.2016) by virtue of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(4)(c), 36(2)(d)

F26S. 13(4) omitted (16.5.2016) by virtue of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(4)(d), 36(2)(d)

Reports by Secretary of StateE+W+S+N.I.

F2814[F27Statement] by Secretary of StateE+W+S+N.I.

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F27[ Word in s. 14 substituted (8.5.2012) by Welfare Reform Act 2012 (c. 5) , s. 150(2)(j) , Sch. 13 para. 8(1)

F2915Statement required in relation to target yearE+W+S+N.I.

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Economic and fiscal circumstancesE+W+S+N.I.

16Economic and fiscal circumstancesE+W+S+N.I.

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[F31(3)In preparing a Northern Ireland strategy, the relevant Northern Ireland department must have regard to—

(a)the resources that are or may be available to the Northern Ireland departments, and

(b)the effect of the implementation of the strategy on those resources.]

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Continuing effect of targets after target yearE+W+S+N.I.

F3217Continuing effect of targets after target yearE+W+S+N.I.

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SupplementaryE+W+S+N.I.

18Interpretation of Part 1E+W+S+N.I.

[F33(1)In this Part—

  • “child” means—

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    a person under the age of 16, or

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    a person who is a qualifying young person for the purposes of Part 9 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits (Northern Ireland) Act 1992 (child benefit);

  • “parent” means—

    (a)

    any individual who has parental responsibility for a child, or

    (b)

    any other individual with whom a child resides and who has care of the child.]

[F34(1A)In paragraph (a) of the definition of “parent” in subsection (1), the reference to “parental responsibility” is to be read in accordance with the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995.]

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Part 2E+WDuties of local authorities and other bodies in England

F3619Responsible local authoritiesE+W

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F3620Partner authoritiesE+W

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F3621Co-operation to reduce child poverty in local areaE+W

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F3622Local child poverty needs assessmentE+W

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F3623Joint child poverty strategy for local areaE+W

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F36 24 Sustainable community strategyE+W

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F3625Meaning of “child poverty” in Part 2E+W

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Part 3E+W+S+N.I.Miscellaneous and General

Free school lunches and milkE+W

26Free school lunches and milkE+W

(1)In section 512ZB of the Education Act 1996 (provision of free school lunches and milk), in subsection (4)—

(a) after “A person” insert “ (“C”) ” ,

(b)in paragraph (a)—

(i) for “his parent” substitute “ C's parent ” ,

(ii) at the end of sub-paragraph (iia), insert “ or ” , and

(iii)omit sub-paragraph (iv) (including the “or” immediately following it),

(c)after paragraph (a) insert—

(aa)C meets any conditions prescribed for the purposes of this paragraph and C's parent is, in such circumstances as may be so prescribed—

(i)in receipt of any benefit or allowance not falling within paragraph (a) that is so prescribed, or

(ii)entitled to any tax credit under the Tax Credits Act 2002 or element of such a tax credit, that is so prescribed, or,

(d)in paragraph (b)—

(i) for “he, himself, is—” substitute “ C is— ” ,

(ii) at the end of sub-paragraph (ii), insert “ or ” , and

(iii)omit sub-paragraph (iii), and

(e)at the end insert—

(c)C meets any conditions prescribed for the purposes of this paragraph and is—

(i)in receipt of any benefit or allowance not falling within paragraph (b) that is so prescribed, or

(ii)entitled to any tax credit under the Tax Credits Act 2002 or element of such a tax credit, that is so prescribed.

(2)Any regulations made under paragraph (a)(iv) of subsection (4) of section 512ZB of the Education Act 1996 and in force immediately before the coming into force of this section are to have effect as if made under paragraph (aa) of that subsection.

(3)Any regulations made under paragraph (b)(iii) of subsection (4) of section 512ZB of the Education Act 1996 and in force immediately before the coming into force of this section are to have effect as if made under paragraph (c) of that subsection.

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[F3727General interpretationE+W+S+N.I.

(1)In this Act—

  • the Commission ” means the Social Mobility Commission;

  • “financial year” means the 12 months ending with 31 March;

  • “Minister of the Crown” has the same meaning as in the Ministers of the Crown Act 1975;

  • “Northern Ireland strategy” has the meaning given by section 12(2);

  • “the relevant Northern Ireland department” means the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister.

(2)In this Act “appointed day for Northern Ireland” means such day as a Minister of the Crown may by order with the consent of the Northern Ireland Assembly appoint (and different days may be appointed for the purposes of different provisions of this Act).]

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28 F38 ... orders E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Any power to make F39... an order under this Act is exercisable by statutory instrument.

(2)Any F40... order under this Act may—

(a)make different provision for different cases,

(b)include supplementary, incidental and consequential provision, and

(c)make transitional provisions and savings.

(3)A power conferred by any provision of this Act to make F41... an order includes power to provide for a person to exercise a discretion in dealing with any matter.

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F38 Words in s. 28 heading omitted (16.5.2016) by virtue of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(9)(c), 36(2)(d)

F39 Words in s. 28(1) omitted (16.5.2016) by virtue of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(9)(a), 36(2)(d)

F40 Words in s. 28(2) omitted (16.5.2016) by virtue of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(9)(a), 36(2)(d)

F41 Words in s. 28(3) omitted (16.5.2016) by virtue of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(9)(a), 36(2)(d)

F42 S. 28(4)(5) omitted (16.5.2016) by virtue of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(9)(b), 36(2)(d)

29Financial provisionsE+W+S+N.I.

There is to be paid out of money provided by Parliament—

(a)any expenditure incurred under or by virtue of this Act by a Minister of the Crown, and

(b)any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so provided.

30ExtentE+W+S+N.I.

(1)Except as provided by subsections (2) to (4), the provisions of this Act extend to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

F43( 2 ). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(3)[F44Part 1] extends to Northern Ireland only.

(4)[F45Section 26 extends] to England and Wales only.

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F43S. 30(2) omitted (16.5.2016) by virtue of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(10)(a), 36(2)(d)

F44Words in s. 30(3) substituted (16.5.2016) by Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(10)(b), 36(2)(d)

F45Words in s. 30(4) substituted (16.5.2016) by Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(10)(c), 36(2)(d)

31CommencementE+W+S+N.I.

(1)This Act, except Part 2 and section 26, comes into force on the day on which this Act is passed.

(2)Part 2 and section 26 come into force at the end of the period of 2 months beginning with the day on which this Act is passed.

32Short titleE+W+S+N.I.

This Act may be cited as the [F46Life Chances Act 2010].

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F46Act: "The Child Poverty Act 2010 may be cited as the Life Chances Act 2010" (16.5.2016) by virtue of Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (c. 7), ss. 7(12), 36(2)(d)

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