Government agrees to consultative rights for local government post BREXIT

COSLA, working with the other UK local authority associations last night (Monday) secured an important victory in the Brexit negotiating process with the Government agreeing that, once the UK exits the EU, a process will be established to consult local government on reserved matters they would have been consulted on through the EU Committee of the Regions.

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Wed, 21/03/2018 - 08:48

COSLA Convention meets in Paisley

Scotland’s leading councillors will meet in Paisley later this week as COSLA’s full Convention descends on Renfrewshire.

Hosted by Renfrewshire Council, the COSLA Convention will meet in the Town Hall from 11.00am on Friday 23 March.

As well as being the venue for the launch of COSLA’s first ever Annual Report, a busy agenda awaits consideration and discussion by elected members from throughout Scotland.

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Tue, 20/03/2018 - 09:06

Improvement Service Appoints Interim Chief Executive

The Improvement Service today (Thursday) announced the appointment of an interim Chief Executive, initially for 8 months, who will succeed Colin Mair, who retires at the end of this month.
Sarah Gadsden currently Director of Strategic Development and Collaboration within the Improvement Service, was chosen by the Improvement Service Board.

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Thu, 08/03/2018 - 09:32

Fife confirms its climate commitment

Fife Council strengthens its commitment to climate change action and our reputation for sustainability. Fife’s people, businesses and environment depend upon the way we reduce carbon emissions and respond to the impacts of climate change.

Councillor Jim Leishman, Provost of Fife, has made Fife Council the latest signatory to the ‘Global Covenant of Mayors on Climate Change’, while Co-Leaders David Ross and David Alexander and Fife Council Chief Executive Steve Grimmond, reaffirmed Fife’s commitment to Scotland’s Climate Change Declaration.

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Mon, 05/03/2018 - 12:23

COSLA welcomes triggering of the Bellwin Scheme

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison has this afternoon welcomed the announcement that Ministers will consider financial assistance for local councils under the Bellwin Scheme as a result of the weather that has hit Scotland so badly this week.

Councillor Evison said: "Scottish Borders Council requested that the Bellwin scheme be triggered and it is good to see that the Scottish Government has responded so quickly and so positively.  

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Mon, 05/03/2018 - 09:39


1st and 2nd March: The office will remain closed today, and will remain so until Monday 5th March. 

Staff will still be contactable by email / mobile or telephone during office hours.

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Thu, 01/03/2018 - 12:14

COSLA welcomes initial recommendations from the Poverty and Inequality Commission

Cllr Elena Whitham, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson and Cllr Stephen McCabe, COSLA Children and Young Persons Spokesperson jointly stated:

"COSLA welcomes the initial recommendations to Scottish Ministers from the Poverty and Inequality Commission and we look forward to working with Scottish Government as it sets out its first Child Poverty Delivery Plan in Spring 2018. 

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Mon, 26/02/2018 - 10:31

Pay remains a major issue, says COSLA

COSLA has said that it will be fully pressing the Scottish Government to make sure that additional resources for local government are built into future budgets.

COSLA added that pay remains a major issue now that the Scottish Government has set out its Public Sector Pay Policy.

Commenting today (Monday) COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said:  “We acknowledge the additional resources secured into the settlement for this year following extensive lobbying by COSLA.

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Mon, 19/02/2018 - 08:50

COSLA comment on the Audit Scotland Early Learning and Childcare Report

Councillor Stephen McCabe, COSLA Spokesperson for Children and Young People, today (Thursday) welcomed the publication of the Audit Scotland report into Early Learning and Childcare.

"Scotland's Councils are dedicated to getting it right for children and young people and no more so than when we are delivering services for our youngest children and their families. We know that it is at this point that we can make the greatest difference to the outcomes in their lives. 

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Thu, 15/02/2018 - 00:01

Councils continue to perform well for communities despite sharp reduction in spend.

Scotland’s Councils continue to perform well for their communities in terms of service delivery despite a sharp reduction in their finances according to a new report out today (Monday).

The data released today clearly demonstrates that councils and schools are closing the education attainment gap.  It is clear that measures of educational outcome continue to show positive progress overall but particularly for children from the most deprived areas.

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Mon, 12/02/2018 - 12:00