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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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29 June 2018

COSLA welcomes prospect of Member's Bill setting out local democratic rights in Scotland

Legislation would bring Scotland in line with other modern democracies and cement partnership working between national and local government.  Commenting on the consultation...
 
27 June 2018

COSLA calls for more financial power for councils starting with a Transient Visitor Tax

The President of COSLA, together with COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor, today called for more financial power for Scottish Local Government.The COSLA team...
 
27 June 2018

Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Recommendations COSLA/ALACHO Comment

Councillor Elena Whitham, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson said: "The funding commitment set out today by the Minister is welcome - rapid rehousing transition plans and...
 
26 June 2018

Joint statement on empowering schools agreement

An agreement has been reached between Scottish local government and the Scottish Government which sets out our shared commitment to empower our schools. This work will start now...
 
26 June 2018

Over 100,000 jobs created in last ten years with Business Gateway support

•    9,129 NEW STARTS RECORDED IN 2017-18•    ALMOST HALF OF NEW BUSINESSES WERE STARTED BY WOMEN IN 2017-18•    53,008 INDIVIDUAL...
 
22 June 2018

COSLA comment on council reserves

A COSLA Spokesperson commented: “Councils hold reserves as part of a prudent financial strategy for a variety of purposes. It is to be expected that the planned use of reserves...
 
22 June 2018

COSLA comment on GMB ballot

Responding to the position adopted by the GMB, COSLA Resources Spokesperson, Councillor Gail Macgregor said: “It’s the role of any trade union to seek to improve the terms...
 
19 June 2018

COSLA comment on library closures

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "This is rightly and properly an operational matter for individual councils based on local need and circumstance. What I can say, however, is that the...
 
19 June 2018

COSLA comment on local government's use of Twitter

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Twitter is a free and powerful communication tool to get local government’s message out to the general public. It’s a platform that connects local...
 
14 June 2018

New public health priorities for a healthier nation

Scotland is aiming to be a world leader in improving the public’s health. The Scottish Government and COSLA have jointly published public health priorities for Scotland,...