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12 December 2017

COSLA welcomes the news that the number of school teachers has increased over the last year

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “COSLA welcomes the news today (Tuesday) that the number of school teachers has increased over the last year.  “There is no doubt that many...
14 December 2017

Budget response from COSLA

Local Government has faced really difficult times over the last few years and these will remain into the future despite a more measured approach by the Scottish Government in...
15 December 2017

Publication of national plan to improve workforce planning

New actions will be put in place to ensure people get the right care, in the right place, and at the right time – supporting them to live as independently as possible.The National...
18 December 2017

Councils praised for humanitarian efforts as Scotland welcomes 2000th Syrian Refugee

Local Authorities have been lauded for their work to provide a safe home for refugee families, three years ahead of schedule, as Scotland’s councils mark the arrival of the 2000th...
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...
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'...
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...
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...
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...
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...