- Registration of Births and Deaths
UNISON Scotland agrees that these provisions
will provide greater flexibility for service users.
With regard to the proposal to allow registration
in any district, we have some concerns, at the possibility
of breakdown between the district where registration takes
place and the Registration District in which the person is
resident. The systems put in place to provide for this must
We also believe that the provisions in this
section have the potential to cause job losses for our members
and again require assurances that the aim of the proposals
is not to achieve cost savings.
With regard to the provision to issue abbreviated
extracts from the death register, we are concerned at the
potential loss of revenue if the extracts are provided without
- Notification of Births, Deaths, Marriages, etc.
UNISON Scotland supports the provisions contained
in this section which would provide an improved service to
the public and public bodies.
We believe, however, that this could cause
increased workload for our members and any changes to workload
need to be negotiated and monitored to ensure that proper
staffing levels are maintained.
We also require assurances that civil liberties
will be respected and that notification to other bodies will
only be carried out on request.
In order to provide accuracy and security
of information processed in this way, we require assurances
that the IT equipment utilised is able to provide this capacity
- Registers, searches, etc.
UNISON Scotland supports the proposals to
allow searches in Registration Districts across Scotland which
will provide an improved service for communities. We also
note that this allows for an increase in fee revenue for local
authorities. We expect that the question of location of the
search facility, the funding for it and the staffing issues
will be discussed with the local trade union in each Authority.
We also believe that the Registrar would be the appropriate
person to conduct such searches, to maintain security of the
- Change of Name and Correction of Errors
UNISON Scotland is concerned at the proposals
to remove the requirement for a 2-year gap between changes
of name, as we are concerned that this could open up the process
to abuse. We are also concerned that "spur of the moment"
decisions could later be regretted. We believe that there
must be some requirement for documentary evidence of the desire
to change the name.
We are happy to support the proposals to
- Registration of Events Occurring Outwith Scotland
UNISON Scotland is happy to support the proposals
regarding Registration of Events Occurring Outwith Scotland
as this will provide a useful service to users that previously
was very cumbersome. In addition we understand this could
create additional income to authorities. Any additional increased
duties and responsibilities will however, have to be monitored.
We acknowledge the need for the authentication
of proposed register entries by the Registrar General and
accept that he will have to issue guidelines on what constitutes
"a connection with Scotland"
UNISON Scotland is happy to support the advertisement
of proposed marriages as the common marriage notice list is
believed to be working well.
In addition we see no problems with the removal
of the requirement of Certificates of No Impediment from other
countries which will bring the Scottish legislation into line
with that in England and Wales and many other countries.
We are happy to support the proposals for
the creation of a new registration district of all Scottish
"internal waters and territorial sea".
However, we have many reservations about
the proposals for Marriage in Scottish Waters.
Firstly, we believe that the logistics would
cause many problems with Registrars being absent from their
office for a considerable period of time to officiate on ships
which could be travelling some distance. Up to 3 days absence
was used in one estimate, which could mean staffing shortages
at the base and cover would have to be addressed. This in
turn would mean staff being away from home for additional
time, and could involve pay and grading issues, childcare
costs, additional expenses, etc. We also wish to seek assurances
that attendance on such trips would not be compulsory, as
individual members of staff may not wish to undertake such
duties for a variety of reasons.
Our members would need to be assured that
they would not be in any danger in such circumstances and
the seaworthiness of any ships to be used had been ascertained,
as well as risk assessments undertaken on other aspects of
the duty. A system of registration of vessels would have to
be introduced. In addition, weather conditions would need
to be taken into consideration. Our members believe that these
issues could render the proposal unworkable and most consider
that the Registrar General allowing the Registrar to register
these marriages is the preferred option.