Local Government Finance Team
The Local Government Finance Team seeks to ensure Councils receive adequate funding for local government services. Throughout the team’s work, fiscal empowerment for local government is an overarching theme, linking directly with the strategic objective of strengthening local democracy.
The team has a key role in ensuring that local government is represented robustly and with authority in financial negotiations and discussions with both Scottish Government and Parliament and to ensure that financial flexibility is promoted at all levels.
Following the 2017 local government elections, the Resources Spokesperson will be appointed at Convention on 30th June 2017.
Main Policy Areas
The Finance Team works closely with other COSLA Teams to ensure policies are appropriately costed and funded. The team also works very closely with professional advisers, such as local authority Directors of Finance and Chief Executives, to identify potential and current pressures and to provide a range of advice, options and recommendations to elected members on resource issues. The current financial climate presents many challenges for local government and the team works to advance the interests of local government in these financial discussions.