Friday, 04 May 2018 15:43

DAVIDSON’S TORIES SHOULD “GROW UP” AND DITCH PARTISAN SNIPING

“WE HAVE A LOT TO LEARN FROM SCOTLAND” SAYS UK MINISTER

The Scottish Tories should “grow up” and ditch “disingenuous, partisan sniping” over effective policies, the SNP has said.

Tory Health spokesperson Miles Briggs this week demanded that “all official documentation relating to the safety and the certification of baby boxes must be published immediately” – despite the documents being published months before and easily available online.

Yet while the Scottish Tories have needlessly sought to raise fears over the safety of the baby box, a number of hospital trusts in Tory-run England have adopted the policy.

It is not the first time the Tories have chosen partisan point-scoring over honest discussion.

While the Scottish Tories have attacked plans to replace short prison sentences with community sentences as “soft touch”, the UK government has admitted that there is “conclusive evidence” that such an approach reduces reoffending.

Justice Minister Rory Stewart continued: “We have a lot to learn from Scotland, specifically on community sentences, and indeed we will be looking at what more we can do to emphasise that a custodial sentence in the short term should be a final resort.”

And the Scottish Tories have bitterly opposed plans to trial safe injection rooms for drug addicts – despite a Home Office report finding that there is evidence for their effectiveness in reducing health risks and public nuisance.

Commenting, SNP MSP Linda Fabiani said:

“It beggars belief that the Tories would needlessly worry parents by raising doubts over the safety of baby boxes – particularly when hospital trusts in England are also adopting the approach.

“But this isn’t the first time that Ruth Davidson’s Tories have shown they’d prefer partisan sniping over honest discussion – even when their UK government colleagues can see that our approach is paying off.

“While Tory MSPs wring their hands about Scottish justice policy, Tory ministers are saying that our approach is working and that they have ‘a lot to learn from Scotland’.

“The public expect more than opposition for oppositions sake – it’s time for the Tories to grow up and start taking these issues seriously.”

ENDS

Notes:

“We now must see completle transparency from Nicola Sturgeon and her Ministers. All official documentation relating to the safety and the certification of baby boxes must be published immediately. Only that way can parents have faith in this SNP Government.”
https://twitter.com/MilesBriggsMSP/status/991952407503556608

"Queen Charlotte's Hospital in West London became the first in the UK to begin a pilot scheme giving 800 new mums Finnish-style baby boxes filled with essentials, free of charge...

"Some other hospital trusts in England have also introduced baby boxes - including the North Middlesex and Whittington hospitals in North London, Colchester, Ipswich, Wigan, the Royal Berkshire in Reading and Birmingham Women's Hospital."
https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/4160379/finnish-baby-box-uk-nhs-free/

Carol Monaghan (Glasgow North West) (SNP)
What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of community sentences on reducing reoffending rates. [904895]

The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Rory Stewart)
This is something the Department studied in detail in 2015, and we have conclusive evidence that giving somebody a community sentence rather than a short custodial sentence reduces reoffending over a one-year period.

Carol Monaghan
We have evidence of that in Scotland as well. The Scottish Government’s move towards community payback orders has helped Scotland to achieve its current 18-year low in reoffending. Is the Minister looking to the Scottish Government’s example and considering how they have managed to achieve these figures?

Rory Stewart
Absolutely. We have a lot to learn from Scotland, specifically on community sentences, and indeed we will be looking at what more we can do to emphasise that a custodial sentence in the short term should be a final resort. In reoffending terms, it is often much better for somebody to be given a community sentence.
https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-04-24/debates/108764FF-F235-4314-9DE8-C3A72D43BDE5/CommunitySentences

“Civil servants looked at their own Home Office research on drug consumption rooms conducted in 2014.

“It had concluded there was "some evidence for the effectiveness of drug consumption rooms in addressing the problems of public nuisance associated with open drug scenes, and in reducing health risks for drug users".
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41596222

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