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COSLA RESPONSE TO BARCLAY REVIEW

Councillor Gail Macgregor, COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson said: “Whilst we are disappointed that the review did not seek to strengthen local democracy or enhance the relationship between local economic development and national business rates we do welcome the Barclay review. 

“We will now consider all of the recommendations in detail and look forward to discussing our joint thoughts on the review with Scottish Government.

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Tue, 22/08/2017 - 12:23

COSLA RESPONSE TO LGA MEDIA RELEASE ON EU FUNDING AFTER BREXIT

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “We have worked very closely with the other three UK Local Government Associations around BREXIT.

“COSLA fully supports and indeed shares the LGA’s stance around the amount of money they will need to be replaced post Brexit following the removal of EU Funding.

“The figure for Scotland is 1.8 bn euros. (Scotland receives 1,8bn euro in the EU Structural Funds  for Rural, Social, Marine and Social economic development).

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Thu, 27/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE ON CYBER CRIME

A COSLA Spokesman said: “This is a fine balancing act for councils. However Scotland’s Councils are well prepared to prevent the type of cyber-attack we saw hit the NHS in the sprinG of this year. 

"Scotland’s Councils have good defences in place and as such are confident around them preventing it happening to us. That said we are certainly not, and never will be complacent or think that this couldn’t happen to us.

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Thu, 06/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO QUERY ON UNPAID COUNCIL TAX

A COSLA Spokesperson commented: "Councils have an excellent track record in collecting unpaid Council Tax, as the published collection rate underlines. Let us be clear it is individuals who have not paid what they are due that is the issue, not Councils seeking to collect what’s rightly owed to them. Councils will always pursue outstanding debts robustly and, in many cases, will have reached agreement with those who are in debt, to bring their arrears up to date."

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Thu, 22/06/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE ON THIRD SECTOR FUNDING

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Councils are currently constrained by the series of one-year financial settlements they receive from Scottish Government. We are fully aware of the benefits of longer-term budgeting and would like to pass on these on to the third sector, but that has to start with Government giving Councils longer term settlements.”

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Tue, 02/05/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO REFORM SCOTLAND REPORT ON PUPILS EQUITY FUND

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “The use of public money requires guidance to ensure it is used in line with the expectations of the policy. This is a SG piece of guidance which recognises the concerns of headteachers who were concerned about being directly accountable for spending decisions. The guidance notes that education and headteachers do not operate in isolation of other parts of civic society and that they should be cognisant of the legal implications of money which is directed via local authorities.

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Thu, 27/04/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO ACCOUNTS COMMISSION OVERVIEW REPORT 2017

The Accounts Commission is 100% correct in its analysis that new councillors elected in May face major challenges – COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill said today (Tuesday).  
 
Commenting on their 2017 overview report published today, the COSLA President also said that he was only too well aware of the long-term decline in Scottish Government real terms funding for Councils in recent years.
 

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Tue, 07/03/2017 - 00:01

COUNCILS CONTINUE TO DELIVER DESPITE FINANCIAL PRESSURES NEW REPORT SHOWS

Total Current spending by Scottish Councils has reduced by 11% in real terms from £17.18 billion to £15.30 billion in the last 6 years according to a new report out today (Friday).

The report also highlights that despite this 11% reduction across the period, the vast majority of productivity, output and outcome measures within Councils have improved.

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Fri, 24/02/2017 - 10:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO THE RETURN OF £160 MILLION BACK TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Commenting on the return of £160 million back to local government COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill said: “I am pleased that after months of successful lobbying through both COSLA’s #chooselocal and #budgetreality campaigns, which highlighted the real difficulties facing councils, that the Scottish Government has revised its proposed budget.  
 

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Thu, 02/02/2017 - 00:00

COSLA COMMENT ON BUDGET STATEMENT

Commenting on the budget statement announced in Parliament this afternoon (Thursday) COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill said: “COSLA can never endorse a reduction to the core local government settlement as announced as part of the budget statement today.

“It is our understanding that the Scottish Government had significant additional cash for 2017/18 and therefore this decision will impact on services delivered by local government.
 

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Thu, 15/12/2016 - 15:38