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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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16 November 2017

COSLA calls for fair funding for Scottish Local Government

Ahead of the Chancellor’s Budget statement next week, COSLA today (Thursday) launched a 10-page factual document entitled “Fair Funding for Essential Services” laying out the case...
 
13 November 2017

All levels of government must work together to address climate change – says COSLA.

Cllr Steven Heddle, COSLA Spokesperson for Economy and Environment, attending the UN COP 23 meeting in Bonn said that all levels of government must work together to address...
 
2 November 2017

Consultation on mainstreaming in education launched today

Local Authorities and Scottish Government share the commitment to inclusive education and have worked together with partners over many years in the to the development of...
 
29 October 2017

MORE CHOICES FOR COMMUNITIES

Landmark Agreement with COSLA ReachedPeople across Scotland will now have a say in how  £100 million of council funds will be used in their communities.Council leaders have...
 
27 October 2017

COSLA COMMENT ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT SETTLEMENT

A spokesperson for COSLA said: “Discussions with the Scottish Government over the local government settlement for 2018/19 are underway and clearly pay inflation will be an...
 
23 October 2017

COSLA COMMENT ON BUSINESS RATES

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “COSLA welcomed the new power to introduce rates relief locally. It is nonetheless entirely at Councils’ local discretion whether to use these powers...
 
23 October 2017

COSLA IN BRUSSELS BREXIT TALKS WITH BARNIER

Earlier today (Monday), in Brussels, COSLA’s President and Vice-President met with the EU Brexit Negotiator, Michel Barnier. The meeting discussed the potential impacts on...
 
20 October 2017

COSLA RESPONSE TO MEDIA ENQUIRY ON SMOKING ON NHS PROPERTY

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “This issue is very much about prevention via education and co-operation in the first instance.  However the legislation does afford powers to...
 
19 October 2017

COSLA RESPONSE TO VOICE SCOTLAND SURVEY

A COSLA Spokesperson commented: “COSLA is in talks with the Scottish Government regarding the spending review and will be presenting a strong case that Local Government cannot...
 
18 October 2017

COSLA COMMENT ON POTHOLES

A COSLA spokesperson said: "Scotland's Councils are committed to maintaining our local roads in as good a condition as is possible."This is not a simple task and roads have to...