Councils 'turning their backs on care leavers'
England's local authorities are "turning their backs" on young people leaving their care, the chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee says. Meg Hillier says just eight out of 151 local councils know where all their care leavers are living, despite a duty to stay in touch with them. Two-thirds of care leavers' services have been rated inadequate or requiring improvement by Ofsted, she adds. Town hall bosses say the care system is becoming an increasing challenge. The Local Government Association says this is due to the growing number of youngsters entering the care system and increasingly stretched budgets. Read more.