COSLA News

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 - 10:39

COSLA OFFICE CLOSED

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 - 13:14

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 - 11:31

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 - 09:50

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 - 01:01

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 - 13:00

The value of local government services given more recognition in the budget deal

COSLA today (Wednesday) said that the deal agreed between Derek Mackay and the Scottish Greens puts local government in an improved position over that of the proposed settlement in December. Adding that whilst it still does not remove the real financial challenges that Local Government is facing, the value of the essential services local government provides to our communities, is better recognised. 

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Wed, 31/01/2018 - 17:38

Local Government Settlement News release

Ahead of the start of the Scottish Government Budget process through Parliament next week, Council Leaders today (Friday) renewed their call for a fair settlement for local government, saying that anything else is a bad outcome for communities.

Commenting following the first Leaders meeting of 2018 in Edinburgh today, COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said:  “Scotland’s Council Leaders today (Friday) renewed their call for a fair settlement for local government and said that a cut to local government is a bad outcome for local communities.

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Fri, 26/01/2018 - 15:06

Colin Mair, CEO at the Improvement Service - to retire

Colin Mair, Chief Executive of the Improvement Service, has announced he is to retire from local government service.

Mair who has been at the helm of the Improvement Service since it its inception in 2004 will leave his post on 31 March, 2018.

Commenting today (Thursday) he said:  "I am a passionate believer in the role local public services can have in improving lives and opportunities for people across Scotland, and it has been a real privilege to work in public service across the last 14 years.

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Thu, 25/01/2018 - 18:00

COSLA renews its call for a fair deal for local government

COSLA has today (Tuesday) renewed its call for more resources to maintain essential local services and to help towards meeting the pay expectations of the local government work force now that the public sector pay cap has been lifted.

Speaking this morning COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: “We have two things running side by side. Firstly, the need to maintain essential services for our communities and secondly the ability to make a fair offer to our workforce which we value highly.

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Tue, 23/01/2018 - 13:05