Sunday, 13 November 2016

Scottish Government to pay NO2NP legal costs

"TAXPAYERS face a £500,000 bill after the SNP’s controversial Named Person scheme suffered its latest court setback."

"Five judges who this year ruled that the scheme is a breach of human rights have ordered the Scottish Government to pay the legal costs of those who challenged the bill."

"Members of the No to Named Person (NO2NP) campaign group racked up fees of around £250,000 fighting the plans."

"The Government’s own bill for defending the case is expected to take the total to more than £500,000."

"NO2NP spokesman Simon Calvert said: "We estimate the Scottish Government may be liable for up to £500,000 legal costs."

"`This is wasting taxpayers’ money on a scheme that has been declared unlawful, a breach of the human rights of families, outside the competence of the Scottish Parliament and not fit for purpose`..."

"`Had the judges agreed with the Government spin that they basically won the case and just had to make a few tweaks to the Named Person law the court would not have awarded us our costs`."

It`s not that the Scottish Government wasn`t forewarned.

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