Thursday, 31 March 2016

Nicola Sturgeon urged to `press the pause button` on the Named Person legislation

"The Scottish Conservative leader called on Nicola Sturgeon to `press the pause button` on the `named person` legislation which comes into force this August."

"On the election trail in Abernethy, Perthshire, Ms Davidson met parents concerned by the proposals, which have been criticised for encouraging state intrusion into family life."

"Under the plans, all children under the age of 18 will be assigned a single point of contact, such as a teacher or health visitor, to look out for their welfare."

"The Scottish Government says the service, which is the subject of a legal challenge, will act as a safety net to help vulnerable families and children. "

"Ms Davidson said: `This is going to start in August and we dont really know what it looks like. We havent really been told how the machinations work. My strong urge to the Scottish Government, to Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP is that we have fought this at every way and they have voted us down and shouted us down at every turn.` "

" `Only now are parents waking up to how big an intrusion this is. Lets press the pause button on this. Lets not introduce it in August. Lets 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.` "

"Ms Davidson, whose party abstained when the legislation was considered at Holyrood, attacked Ms Sturgeon for suggesting that parents could ignore the named person regulation, yet it remained mandatory for children..."

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