Rennie urges named person review


The Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has urged the Cabinet Secretary John Swinney to take the opportunity to commission a wide reaching and independent review of the named person policy after repeated and growing concerns.

The calls comes after the Education Secretary  today wrote to all MSPs confirming that the Scottish Government will shortly formally postpone the roll-out of the scheme, which was due to occur next month.

With the legislation and guidance both requiring to be revised, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have said the Scottish Government should make the most of this enforced delay by conducting a wider review.

Willie Rennie MSP said:

“The door is now open for the Government to review the named person policy, both within Parliament and the general public, by commissioning a wider independent review. With a new timetable for its roll-out seeming a long way off, the Scottish Government should make the most of the delay forced upon it by the courts.

“The review would be independent and would consider the threshold for intervention, the power and duty of the named person, resources, training and the data sharing arrangements.

“The Cabinet Secretary must take this opportunity to commission a review, and if he does he will have my support. Without the review, the Government will lose support within the Scottish Parliament and the confidence of thousands of families across Scotland who work with public services."


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