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Scottish councillors oppose smacking ban

February 2020

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Scottish councillors have expressed significant concerns over the country’s incoming smacking ban, claiming it would be difficult to police effectively.

A poll carried out among nearly one in five of all councillors across Scotland found the vast majority did not believe it should be a criminal offence to smack a child.

The poll, organised by campaign group Be Reasonable, found that seven out of ten councillors believed it should not be a criminal offence.

Moreover, 75 per cent of respondents said their local areas would not have sufficient resources to cope with a ban.

Seven out of ten of the 225 councillors taking part in the research – who represented parties from across the political spectrum – also said parents should be allowed to use mild, proportionate and reasonable chastisement.

Be Reasonable said the survey proves the Scottish Government is out-of-step with those it expects to implement the legislation.

Jamie Gillies, spokesman for Be Reasonable, commented, ‘We have long known the government is out of touch with the public on this issue.

‘Now it seems it is out of touch with the people tasked with implementing the smacking ban – local councillors’.

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