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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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18 January 2018

COSLA comment on state of Scotland's bridges

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "As always Councils main concern is public safety. That is why we are tackling the backlog on a priority basis. This is a long term problem that...
18 January 2018

COSLA comment on teaching numbers

"There can be no doubt that all councils are aware of  the need to continue to deliver on teacher numbers and to achieve the national pupil: teacher ratio.  "All...
17 January 2018

COSLA comment on winter maintenance funding overspend

A COSLA Spokesperson commented: "Councils main concerns are public safety and keeping the roads clear and people moving.  "Like any budget decision individual spend is...
15 January 2018

COSLA comment on women and leadership roles in education

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Councils are equal opportunities employers who are committed to creating a workplace environment that supports both women and men to fulfil their...
12 January 2018

COSLA responds to Union pay claim

Commenting on the pay claim from the Trade Unions earlier today, COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson, Councillor Gail Macgregor said:“We met with the Trade Unions today, Friday, 12...
11 January 2018

COSLA comment on council housing waiting lists

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Scotland’s Councils, and the housing sector more generally, are committed to ensuring those people living with a disability, mobility issues and the...
10 January 2018

"Refugee integration strategy published" Joint press release

New Scots strategy sets out support for refugees.Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers have helped develop a new strategy to support those seeking safety in Scotland.The New...
10 January 2018

"Meeting the needs of young people" Joint press release

Improved rights for children with additional support needs.Children and young people in Scotland now have the most rights in Europe when it comes to accessing the support they...
9 January 2018

COSLA comment on job losses in councils

Commenting on the job losses in councils over the past few years quoted in today’s press (9th January) a COSLA Spokesperson said: "As we say in our document 'Essential Services'...
20 December 2017

Steps taken to make social security more local

The latest milestone in planning for Scotland’s new social security system has been reached between the Scottish Government and local authority body COSLA.A joint delivery...