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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
12 December 2017

COSLA responds to National Improvement Framework report

Councillor Stephen McCabe, Spokesperson for Children and Young People said: “Local Authorities are absolutely committed to improving the lives of young people and their families...
7 December 2017

Local Governance Review

Review to strengthen local decision making.  Communities are to have their say on how more decisions can be taken at a local level.  The Scottish Government and COSLA...
30 November 2017

COSLA rejects CMA appraisal of the Scottish Market as inaccurate

Cllr Peter Johnston, COSLA Spokesperson for Health and Social Care stated:“I am deeply disappointed that the CMA report has misrepresented the specific circumstances of Scotland...
28 November 2017

COSLA comment on secondary ticketing sites

Fiona Richardson, Chief Officer for Trading Standards Scotland said: “Whilst there is undoubtedly a role for the secondary ticket market, a small number of individuals...