Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Named person policy has 'run aground and should be scrapped'

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The SNP’s hated named person policy “has run aground and should be scrapped”, the Scottish Conservatives have said.

Education secretary John Swinney told Holyrood today that he would bring forward a new bill for state guardians in the summer, and aimed to have it up and running by 2018.

Following the policy being ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court, he added some changes would be made to the data-sharing provisions.

However, shadow education secretary Liz Smith said the policy should be scrapped and, as it stands, will only be heading straight back to the courtroom.

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP said:


“The named person policy has been a shambles since its inception.

“It is time for the SNP to scrap this unworkable and unwanted policy.

“Every opinion poll on the policy has made clear that the vast majority of parents do not want it, and it’s clear many professionals tasked with delivering it are extremely concerned.”