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.  

“Financial support for councils who have been worse hit by recent weather events, and for those councils who are at most risk from flooding as the snow melts, will be crucial, given the challenges already facing council budgets.

"This is how partnership working between the two spheres of government should work and it is good to see it in action. There must be a continued constructive dialogue to ensure that the necessary financing is always in place so that local councils can get on with delivering essential services and paying their staff appropriately whatever the weather throws at us."

Article published: 
Mon, 05/03/2018 - 10:39