Communities

"Refugee integration strategy published" Joint press release

New Scots strategy sets out support for refugees.

Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers have helped develop a new strategy to support those seeking safety in Scotland.

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Wed, 10/01/2018 - 15:21

COSLA comment on property maintenance

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Scotland's Councils are continuing to do what they can against the back drop of continued austerity and year on year cuts to our budgets.

"As our fair funding document launched yesterday shows, just to carry on providing the essential services we currently provide,local government needs a revenue increase of £545 million."

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Fri, 17/11/2017 - 17:00

COSLA comment on council parks and greenspaces

A COSLA Spokesperson commented: “Scotland's Councils are committed to Community Wellbeing and making local communities as pleasant as possible.


"COSLA is currently in talks with the Scottish Government regarding the spending review and will be presenting a strong case that Local Government cannot sustain further cuts, as experienced over the last two years, without significant impact on services and jobs, and most importantly the communities we serve to protect.

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Fri, 03/11/2017 - 17:00

COSLA COMMENT ON COMMUNITY PAY-BACK ORDERS

A COSLA spokesperson commented: "We share concerns over the need for community pay-back orders to start as soon as possible after the sentence. Doing this is key to reducing later reoffending. The funding of these measures will become of increasing importance as attempts are made to keep people out of prison, but this can't be done within existing resources allocated to Local Government. At some point, in the near future, the savings within one part of the public sector will need to be shifted to fund the community based alternatives."

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Tue, 17/10/2017 - 16:00

COSLA COMMENT ON COMMUNITY PAY-BACK ORDERS

A COSLA Spokesperson commented: "We share concerns over the need for community pay-back orders to start as soon as possible after the sentence. Doing this is key to reducing later reoffending. The funding of these measures will become of increasing importance as attempts are made to keep people out of prison, but this can't be done within existing resources allocated to Local Government. At some point, in the near future, the savings within one part of the public sector will need to be shifted to fund the community based alternatives."

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Sun, 17/09/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT ON NEW STEPS TO TACKLE HOMELESSNESS

In its Programme for Government the Scottish Government announced new steps to tackle homelessness.

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Wed, 06/09/2017 - 14:28

COSLA RESPONSE TO SOCIO-ECONOMIC DUTY ON COUNCILS

A spokesperson commented that: “COSLA is supportive of the consultation. COSLA has called for the socio-economic duty to be enacted and will work with Scottish Government to ensure the guidance that will accompany the duty is as effective as possible.”

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Mon, 24/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO MEDIA ENQUIRY ON CLADDING STANDARDS

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Scottish local authorities and housing associations have been seeking to reassure our tenants following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. 

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Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO MEDIA ENQUIRY ON UNIVERSAL CREDIT

"The COSLA position, as articulated to DWP via a letter from David O'Neill back in March, (following Council Leaders endorsement) is that in light of the impacts emerging that the government should abandon the first week when no payment is due (waiting days), and suggested a longer pause in rollout, before the accelerated program due to commence after the summer kicks in, at least until DWP can report on effective actions and improvements to the service."

 

Article published: 
Mon, 10/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO MEDIA ENQUIRY ON SPRINKLERS IN HIGH RISE BUILDINGS IN SCOTLAND

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Scottish local authorities and housing associations have been working first and foremost to provide reassurance to tenants following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. 

Article published: 
Mon, 03/07/2017 - 16:00