Monday, 30 July 2018

More time wasting for discredited Named Person scheme

[Tom Peterkin]

"The controversial scheme to give every Scottish child a named person is set for yet more delays after the academic charged with making it workable was granted more time to do his job."

"Professor Ian Welsh has been put in charge of a panel tasked with sorting out data protection issues that saw the original policy rejected by the Supreme Court."

"Welsh has written to Education Secretary John Swinney to say that his panel needs `additional time` and has asked for its September deadline for reporting back to be extended until `later in the autumn`."

"The legislation has already been subjected to major delay as a result of it being taken to court. In his letter Welsh said the impact of the summer holidays on the education sector meant more time was needed."

"A spokesman for No To Named Person campaign which took the court action said: `It`s another day, another delay and a whole lot more taxpayers` money wasted on this embarrassment of a policy. It`s no surprise that John Swinney is `happy to accept` another delay. It seems he will do whatever it takes to dodge the only decision that ought to be taken: ditching this discredited legislation`."

[Scotsman 22 July 2018]

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