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Scots party leaders call for Named Person pause

Ruth Davidson

Ruth Davidson

Parents’ concerns about the Named Person scheme should be addressed and the whole proposal paused, the leaders of the Scottish Conservatives and Scottish Labour have said.

Ahead of the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections, Party leaders backed the idea of holding back on the Named Person plans which are due to come into effect in August.

Every child in Scotland will be assigned a named person from birth up to the age of 18 under the scheme.

Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, told the Scottish Daily Mail that her party supported the principle behind the scheme, but that its introduction had been mishandled.

She said: “This entire process has been an absolute mess and it has caused a lot of anxiety for parents. Parents have lost confidence in the Named Person scheme.”

Stating that a Labour Government would pause the process, she said the Party would order a review of the scheme, “so that the concerns of parents can be addressed”.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson also called for the “pause button” to be pressed, saying the scheme should not be introduced in August.

“Let’s get back round the table and find a way to best allocate resources to the young people who are in vulnerable and at risk situations who need it the most”, she added.

Davidson has previously described the Named Person scheme as an “unacceptable intrusion into family life”.

Parents also spoke out against the plans yesterday, and one former teacher stated that the scheme would only lead to a “logjam of children’s problems”.

The Christian Institute and other concerned organisations are challenging the Named Person scheme in court – with UK Supreme Court judges currently considering the issue.

• Full story at the Christian Institute.

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