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Group vows to continue Named Person fight

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Campaigners have said they will launch a second legal fight if the bill is voted in

Campaigners have vowed to continue the fight against the controversial named person scheme.

The No To Named Persons group has said that it will launch further legal action if the Scottish Government continues to push forward its plans.

The Scottish Government has planned for a named person to be appointed to every child in Scotland to monitor their welfare.

However the proposals have drawn opposition due to concerns about information sharing – and the Supreme Court ruled against the scheme last summer.

In response, the children and young people (information sharing) Scotland bill was published in June, aiming to fix flaws identified in the previous law.

But those that have fought the plans have said that many of their initial concerns have not been addressed, and said that they will return to the courtroom if the bill is passed through the Scottish Parliament.

Simon Calvert, deputy director of the group, said: “The new named person bill neglects to address all of the UK Supreme Court’s concerns. If MSPs pass the bill it will be vulnerable to another legal challenge.”

Lawyers for the campaign have written to Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC warning him ministers could face a second courtroom battle over the legislation if they do not refer it to the Supreme Court.

It is estimated that the government faces a large bill for having to defend the scheme. A Freedom of Information request has revealed that the cost of defending the scheme in court so far stands at £480,000.

The government has said it is confident new legislation will address concerns raised by the Supreme Court.