I see that Nanny's ludicrous plans for vetting all adults who have any form of contact with children are to be downsized.
Nanny's Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) will no longer go ahead in its original format, and the vetting of individuals will be significantly curtailed. The original plans would have entailed approximately 9 million people having to be vetted (oh, and they would have had to pay Nanny for the privilege!).
The onus will now shift to the employer to ensure staff are properly checked and cleared to work.
So far so good, except that the number of people affected is expected to more than halve. This still means around 4 million will have to be vetted!
Additionally, given how many organisations adopt brain dead jobsworth procedures, the level of checks carried out by employers may well still be absurdly OTT.
Therefore I suggest that before people break out the champagne and salute the "new" freedoms being proposed by the coalition, we "suck it and see" (as it were) and wait to see exactly what happens in reality.
There is a world of difference between a politician's promise and legislative reality!
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