“It shall be the general duty of every local authority (in addition to other duties imposed on them by this Part)

(a) to safeguard and promote the welfare of children within their area who are in need, and
(b) so far as is consistent with that duty, to promote the upbringing of such children by their families by providing a range and level of services appropriate to those children’s needs.

8) Before giving any assistance or imposing any conditions, a local authority shall have regard to the means of the child concerned and of each of his parents.
(9) No person shall b e liable to make any repayment of assistance or of its value at any time when he is receipt of income support .. of any element of child tax credit.. of an income-bases jobseekers’ allowance.

Development means physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development and health means physical or mental health.”

The corrupt LibDem Council had a duty to help Mr Parnell and his family, not imprison and drive him to his early grave.