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'Most vulnerable care leavers' receive least support

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Care leavers should receive support according to their needs rather than their age or whether they are in education or training, MPs have heard. England's Department for Education permanent secretary Chris Wormald told the Commons Public Accounts Committee those in education or training were entitled to support until they were 25. But for other care leavers, this entitlement ended at 21. And this "anomaly" meant the most vulnerable had the least support. "This was done for the best of reasons," Mr Wormald told the committee. But he added: "As soon as you start setting these entitlements in law we end up with these age cut-offs and therefore a cliff-edge."  Mr Wormald called for local authorities to be given the flexibility to decide how long to continue to support care leavers.

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