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COSLA operates a 24 hour, 365 day a year media service. The media team issues statements and news about Scottish local government, and campaigns on specific issues.  Media enquiries should be directed to David J Kennedy, Head of Media and Communications, 0131 474 9205, davidk@cosla.gov.uk

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30 November 2016

CHAIR OF THE COMMISSION ON STRENGTHENING LOCAL DEMOCRACY COMMENTS ON SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT DEBATE

Speaking as Chair of the Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy, Cllr David O’Neill commented on today's debate in the Scottish Parliament as follows:“Today’s debate is an...
 
29 November 2016

DESPITE THE DIFFICULTIES, SCOTLAND’S COUNCILS ARE MANAGING FINANCES WELL SAYS AUDIT SCOTLAND

COSLA’s Finance Spokesperson Councillor Kevin Keenan said that he was very pleased with the recognition from the Accounts Commission that Scotland’s councils had managed their...
 
21 November 2016

CUTS TO COUNCILS MEAN CUTS TO THE POOREST PEOPLE WITHIN COMMUNITIES

COSLA has today (Monday) warned governments in both Westminster and Holyrood that cuts to councils mean cuts to communities and primarily the poorest people within communities....
 
18 November 2016

THE IMPORTANCE OF EUROPE TO SCOTTISH LOCAL GOVERNMENT

By Councillor Harry McGuigan, COSLA’s Spokesperson on Europe"Scotland’s Council Leaders agreed unanimously, pre- referendum, that the benefits of staying in the EU considerably...
 
17 November 2016

FIRST SYRIAN REFUGEE CHARTER FLIGHT ANNIVERSARY

COSLA President David O'Neill commented:A year ago today, the first charter flight bringing Syrian refugees into the UK landed at Glasgow Airport.  It was a wet and miserable...
 
16 November 2016

UK LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEADERS UNITE IN BREXIT DEVOLUTION CALL

Leaders of local government in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have united around the call for further devolution to local communities across the UK after Brexit....
 
20 September 2016

Concerns raised over Education Scotland report

A COSLA Spokesman said:“This is very disappointing from a local government perspective and hopefully it will not have a knock on effect in our wider discussions around education...
 
13 September 2016

COSLA calls for Open Consultation

Commenting following Mr Swinney’s announcement in Parliament this afternoon on education, a COSLA Spokesman said: “Obviously today is only the start of a Consultation process...
 
1 September 2016

1000 refugees welcomed to Scotland

The Equalities Secretary and the President of COSLA have praised the efforts of communities and councils across Scotland after confirming that more than 1,000 Syrian refugees have...
 
12 August 2016

Media Lines from Education Executive Group (Thursday 11th August)

David O’Neill – COSLA President:When Alex Salmond was returned as First Minister following the election in 2011, I always remember his “We do not have the Monopoly on Wisdom.”...