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Swinney must apologise for Named Persons fiasco

The Scottish Conservatives have branded the SNP’s decision to scrap the Named Persons plan as a “complete humiliation.”

Last month an expert panel set up to examine the issue stated that it was “not the right thing to do at this time” and that it would “not be desirable”.

The SNP has pursued this policy for over six years, despite the ruling of the Scottish courts that the scheme was unlawful.

The Scottish Conservatives have therefore called on the SNP to apologise to teachers who have been operating under the “endless bureaucracy” and “anxiety” of this misguided policy.

Jackson Carlaw, Scottish Conservative Leader said:

 

“The Scottish Conservatives are the only party who have consistently voted against this policy.

“Parents, teachers and lawyers all told the SNP that this policy was both universally unpopular and unworkable.

“The expert panel the SNP set up told the SNP that this policy was not “the right thing to do”.

“The SNP’s response at all times was to put their fingers in their ears and hurl abuse at those of those who stood against it.

“Now they are dumping it.

“What a total waste of time and money.”

Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative shadow education secretary said:

 

“This is a complete humiliation for the SNP. Common sense should have told them years ago that this policy was both universally unpopular and unworkable.

“In the interim, millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money has been wasted as has the time that should have been spent addressing the challenges facing our most vulnerable children.

“John Swinney should apologise to all the professionals on the front line who have been faced with endless bureaucracy around this policy and the anxiety of not knowing where their legal responsibilities lay.

“It is very welcome news that this policy will now be consigned to the dustbin.”

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