No judgment, no roll-out
We’re pleased to announce that we won a significant concession from the Government this weekend.
Lawyers approached the Government last Wednesday to request a stay on implementation of the Named Person in the event the Supreme Court does not issue its ruling before the 31 August roll-out date. The Supreme Court rises for its summer recess on Friday 29 July – less than three weeks away.
In response, Deputy First Minister John
Swinney has now conceded it “would not be prudent or responsible for government to commence legislation while a decision from the court is still pending”.
NO2NP spokesman Simon Calvert said: “Our lawyers contacted the Scottish Government earlier this week requesting an undertaking along these lines, so we are pleased they have done the right thing.
“The fact that the Scottish Government has been forced into a concession over this unpopular scheme is an acceptance of the reality that it could actually be struck down by the Supreme Court.
“To pursue the implementation of state guardians while that prospect hangs over the scheme would indeed be inappropriate. Mr Swinney has made the right call.”
Until now Swinney has resisted any calls to delay introducing the system despite the widespread opposition, including that of health visitors and teachers, who will be required to take on the bulk of the Named Person duties.
The NO2NP Team