Author: By Joe Churcher, Press Association
The Prime Minister said it was not right that a 16-year-old girl could “get
pregnant, be given the keys to a council flat and be left on her own”.
Instead, he told the Labour Party’s annual conference in Brighton, groups of
young mothers and fathers would be taught responsibility and how to raise
their children “properly”.
“It’s time to address a problem that for too long has gone unspoken: the
number of children having children,” he declared.
“For it cannot be right for a girl of 16 to get pregnant, be given the keys to
a council flat and be left on her own.
“From now on all 16- and 17-year-old parents who get support from the taxpayer
will be placed in a network of supervised homes.
“These shared homes will offer not just a roof over their heads, but a new
start in life where they learn responsibility and how to raise their
“That’s better for them, better for their babies and better for us all in the
He told delegates: “We won’t ever shy away from taking difficult decisions on
tough social questions.”
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