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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,

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31 May 2018

COSLA comment on transient visitor levy

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “We want to strengthen local democracy and local choice and that is why COSLA, on behalf of Scotland’s Council Leaders, will continue make the case for...
30 May 2018

COSLA comment on music tuition

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Each individual local authority will make decisions on instrumental music provision based on local need and circumstance. "Obviously these...
30 May 2018

Scotland's national digital programme for SMEs receives £1.7 million funding boost

Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work confirms funding to extend DigitalBoost programmeScotland’s national digital technology training programme, DigitalBoost, has...
30 May 2018

COSLA in EU lobbying success as communities can continue to work together across North Sea

On 29th May the European Commission presented its first EU Regional Fund proposals for post Brexit era (2021-2027). Although the UK will not be part of it, there was considerable...
30 May 2018

Child burial and cremation fees to end

Agreement will remove financial burden from familiesScottish Government and COSLA have agreed to work together to remove all local authority charges for child burials and...
29 May 2018

COSLA response to the latest recommendations from homelessness action group

Councillor Elena Whitham, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson said:  "I would like to add my thanks once again to the action group for their continued focus on tackling...
27 May 2018

Communities to shape democracy

People to have their say on Scotland’s public services.People across Scotland are being invited to join a conversation about community decision-making to help make public services...
25 May 2018

More than £4 million pounds for educational psychologists

Funding expected to support up to 30 new trainees annually.Up to 90 educational psychology trainees will benefit from the first three years of a new funding package agreed in...
25 May 2018

COSLA comment on bullying in school

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Scotland’s councils take the issue of bullying very seriously indeed and are committed to dealing with the issue. "We welcome the work which has...
25 May 2018

New national school clothing grant

Thousands to benefit from minimum £100 grant.An estimated 120,000 families will benefit from a new £100 national minimum school clothing grant in Scotland as a result of...