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star this property date less than 2017-07-19more like thismore than 2017-07-19
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Department for Education more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Social Services remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government (1) which local authority children's services departments have been found by Ofsted since January 2015 to be persistently or systemically failing; (2) which were made subject to the appointment of commissioners; and (3) which are currently run by commissioners. more like this
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Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-31more like thismore than 2017-07-31
star this property answer text <p>The Department has categorised local authority children’s social care services as ‘systemic’ or ‘persistent’ failures since December 2015 when it introduced a tougher intervention regime. The following authorities have been subject to this new policy:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>LA</p></td><td><p>Systemic/Persistent</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Barnet</p></td><td><p>Systemic</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bromley</p></td><td><p>Systemic</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Dudley</p></td><td><p>Systemic</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Kirklees</p></td><td><p>Systemic</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Norfolk</p></td><td><p>Persistent</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Reading</p></td><td><p>Systemic</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sandwell</p></td><td><p>Persistent</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sunderland</p></td><td><p>Systemic</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Torbay</p></td><td><p>Persistent</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Worcestershire</p></td><td><p>Persistent &amp; Systemic</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p>All of these authorities have been subject to the appointment of Commissioners, with the exception of Barnet where recruitment for a Commissioner has not yet concluded. These authorities retain accountability for the effective running of their children’s services. Commissioners do not run the services, but do make recommendations to the Secretary of State on whether operational control of services should be removed from the council. Where Ministers accept a recommendation that services should transfer to alternative delivery arrangements, such as a new Children’s Services Trust, Commissioners will oversee this process</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2017-07-31T08:43:09.893Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-31T08:43:09.893Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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4171
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
753933
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-07-19more like thismore than 2017-07-19
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Social Services remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to improve the performance of Ofsted in responding to family members who raise matters of concern in relation to children's services departments and children's homes. more like this
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Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
star this property uin HL1079 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-31more like thismore than 2017-07-31
star this property answer text <p>This is a matter for Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman. I have asked her to write to you and a copy of her reply will be placed in the libraries of the House.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2017-07-31T08:46:17.147Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-31T08:46:17.147Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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4171
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
753929
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-07-19more like thismore than 2017-07-19
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Social Services remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what steps, short of the appointment of commissioners, they can take to deal with children's services departments which are a cause of concern. more like this
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Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
star this property uin HL1076 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-31more like thismore than 2017-07-31
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Education intervenes in all local authorities that receive an inadequate Ofsted rating for children’s services.</p><p>In the most serious cases, improvement may require statutory intervention, whereby, under the Education Act 1996, the Secretary of State is able to direct a local authority to take whatever action is deemed necessary to secure improvement. In the last few years, Ministers have directed the setting up of new governance structures, including partnering with another local authority (e.g. Isle of Wight), bringing in extra improvement support (e.g. Somerset), or establishing a Children’s Services Trust (e.g. Doncaster).</p><p>In other cases the department takes non-statutory steps, issuing an ‘improvement notice’ detailing what actions a local authority is expected to take to improve its services and closely monitoring progress. We deploy government improvement advisers who are appointed to support and challenge these authorities to make rapid progress.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2017-07-31T08:44:14.033Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-31T08:44:14.033Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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4171
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
755107
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star this property date less than 2017-07-20more like thismore than 2017-07-20
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Social Services remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government whether they monitor the performance of Ofsted in relation to that agency's responses to family members who raise concerns relating to (1) children's services, and (2) children's homes; and what steps, if any, they are taking to improve that performance. more like this
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Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
star this property uin HL1116 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-31more like thismore than 2017-07-31
star this property answer text <p>Ofsted is a Non-Ministerial Government Department and is not an executive agency of the Department for Education (DfE). The responsibility for performance rests with Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, with oversight undertaken by the Ofsted Board. Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector also reports to the Education Select Committee on matters relating to Ofsted’s performance.</p><p>Officials from DfE’s and Ofsted’s social care teams engage with one another frequently so that any policy or operational issues, including how concerns raised by families are dealt with, can be addressed. Where appropriate DfE raises issues of concern with Ofsted and refers members of the public to Ofsted’s complaints procedure.</p><p>The details of how Ofsted addresses improvement in performance on these matters will be placed in the libraries of the House.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2017-07-31T08:46:52.54Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-31T08:46:52.54Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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4171
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
753932
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star this property date less than 2017-07-19more like thismore than 2017-07-19
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Social Services remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the current detailed business plans of those sections of the Department for Education dealing with child welfare. more like this
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Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
star this property uin HL1078 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-31more like thismore than 2017-07-31
star this property answer text <p>The department has recently responded to the Public Accounts Committee on this question. The department agrees it is appropriate to set out its vision with timescales, as it has done in ‘<em>Putting Children First’</em><em>.</em> The department will also produce a roadmap of how the Department intends to transform services, which will be a publically available document. This will address the challenge in the NAO report and set out more clearly a timeframe for delivery of the reforms.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2017-07-31T08:46:01.17Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-31T08:46:01.17Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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4171
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
751175
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star this property date less than 2017-07-12more like thismore than 2017-07-12
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Social Services remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement of additional resources for services for vulnerable children and families through the Children's Social Care Innovation Programme, what additional amounts will be allocated to (1) each of the Partners in Practice local authorities, and (2) Spring Consortium, to facilitate and monitor the activities of Partners in Practice, for each of the years (a) 2016–17, (b) 2017–18, and (c) 2018–19. more like this
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Lord Watson of Invergowrie more like this
star this property uin HL772 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-28more like thismore than 2017-07-28
star this property answer text <p>Since the announcement of the Partners in Practice programme in 2016, no additional funding has been allocated to the Partners in Practice local authorities. The Partners in Practice programme aims to model excellence in children’s social care and increase capacity in the sector to drive improvement. An independent evaluation of the programme is currently underway. This evaluation will provide the Department with a robust mechanism for measuring the impact of the projects and the conditions required for change. It will also enable the Department to share insights and learning with the sector to achieve wider reform.</p><p> </p><p>The Spring Consortium is contracted by the Department to support the delivery of the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme. While this includes providing some support to deliver the Partners in Practice programme, no specific amount of funding has been ring-fenced for this purpose.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2017-07-28T09:44:58.217Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-28T09:44:58.217Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Watson of Invergowrie more like this
61502
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-06-11more like thismore than 2014-06-11
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Social Services remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many, and which, local authorities have made representations to the Department for Education asking it to legislate to extend the power to outsource children's social work functions, including child protection, under the Children and Young Persons Act 2008. more like this
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Baroness Jones of Whitchurch more like this
star this property uin HL280 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-06-17more like thismore than 2014-06-17
star this property answer text <p>Formal representations concerning outsourcing of social care functions, potentially including child protection, have been made by Staffordshire, Kingston, and Richmond local authorities. In addition a number of informal discussions on this topic have taken place with other local authorities.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2014-06-17T16:06:00.0410183Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-17T16:06:00.0410183Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Jones of Whitchurch more like this
60552
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star this property date less than 2014-06-09more like thismore than 2014-06-09
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Social Services remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to respond to concerns expressed by the leaders of the social care profession that profit-making companies should not determine sensitive family matters. more like this
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Baroness Meacher more like this
star this property uin HL141 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-06-17more like thismore than 2014-06-17
star this property answer text <p>The Government's proposals regarding the delegation of children's social care functions would enable local authorities to delegate children's social care functions to a third party. The intention is to broaden the range of approaches available to secure the best outcomes for children in their area. The proposals do not oblige local authorities to delegate any functions and do not remove responsibilities from local authorities for ensuring their statutory obligations on child protection and children's social care are met.</p><p>The consultation on the proposals closed on Friday 30 May and the Government is currently considering the responses.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2014-06-17T16:05:33.1438301Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-17T16:05:33.1438301Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Meacher more like this
60551
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star this property date less than 2014-06-09more like thismore than 2014-06-09
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Social Services remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government upon what evidence they have based their proposals to outsource children's services to private firms. more like this
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Baroness Meacher more like this
star this property uin HL140 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-06-17more like thismore than 2014-06-17
star this property answer text <p>The Children and Young Persons Act 2008 (CYPA) allowed some local authorities to contract out looked after children and care leaver functions for a five-year pilot period. As a result, small autonomous practitioner-led organisations (Social Work Practices) were encouraged to develop. Between 2008 and 2012, 15 local authorities were involved in the pilot to create more tailored social work approaches.</p><p>The evaluation of Social Work Practices identified evidence of positive change through delegated arrangements for looked after children and care leavers. As a result, in November 2013, the freedoms in the CYPA were extended to all local authorities.</p><p>Staffordshire County Council have also recently received a ‘good' rating from Ofsted under the new single inspection framework, which included the social work practice 'Evolve YP'.</p><p>Some local authorities have asked the Government to extend these freedoms to other areas of children's social care. The current proposals will encourage greater innovative approaches for all local authorities to take the step from adequate or good children's services to excellent ones. The consultation on these proposals closed on 30 May and the Government is currently considering the responses.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2014-06-17T16:10:22.8621777Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-17T16:10:22.8621777Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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3810
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Meacher more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Children: Social Services remove filter
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the Serious Case Reviews published by the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board on 5 June, and (2) the report by the Commissioner for Children’s Services in Northamptonshire Optimum delivery and governance arrangements: children's services in Northamptonshire, published on 14 May; and what steps they are taking to ensure that local authorities are sufficiently equipped to ensure that preventable deaths of children do not occur in future. more like this
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Lord Bird more like this
star this property uin HL16297 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-25more like thismore than 2019-06-25
star this property answer text <p>The two serious case reviews published by Northamptonshire’s local safeguarding children’s board, on 5 June 2019, identify serious and systemic practice issues in the local area. It is imperative that the analysis in the serious case reviews identifies the right learning points and recommendations. We have taken urgent action to improve services in Northamptonshire by appointing Malcolm Newsam as the Commissioner for Children’s Services. He has a remit to secure immediate remedial action and drive a longer-term programme of improvement in the county. The department has also written to Mr Newsam to ask that he consider the lessons learnt and assure himself that the recommendations are indeed the right ones to effect change.</p><p> </p><p>We are also funding Lincolnshire county council, an outstanding local authority and part of the Government’s Partners in Practice initiative, to provide immediate improvement, support and capacity to Northamptonshire county council to ensure the safety of children in the county.</p><p>On 14 May 2019, My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government made a written statement signalling the government’s intention to act on recommendations from the Commissioner's report. The intention is to establish a Children’s Services Trust that provides a stable base for improvement during a period of wider re-organisation in Northamptonshire. On 10 June 2019, a statutory direction was issued to Northamptonshire county council to co-operate with the Commissioner in the establishment of the Trust.</p><p> </p><p>This initiative is just part of an extensive range of support and comprehensive reforms that allow us to take swift, decisive action to either prevent or address failure in local authorities. These reforms include establishing a new specialist social work regulator, Social Work England, and rolling out a national assessment and accreditation system for social workers. We are also committing £84 million (over the next five years) to build on learning from the most promising innovation projects, such as the ‘Strengthening Families, Protecting Children’ programme. This programme aims to improve social work practice and decision-making so that children’s social workers are confident in their support of children and young people to enable them to stay safely at home with their families, where this is deemed to be in their best interests.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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less than 2019-06-25T13:18:25.083Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-25T13:18:25.083Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bird more like this