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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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26 January 2018

Local Government Settlement News release

Ahead of the start of the Scottish Government Budget process through Parliament next week, Council Leaders today (Friday) renewed their call for a fair settlement for local...
 
25 January 2018

Colin Mair, CEO at the Improvement Service - to retire

Colin Mair, Chief Executive of the Improvement Service, has announced he is to retire from local government service.Mair who has been at the helm of the Improvement Service since...
 
25 January 2018

COSLA comment on litter

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “We don’t have a cleared political position on this specific issue, but we are currently looking at new statutory guidance for littering with a strong...
 
24 January 2018

COSLA comment on unpaid school meals

A COSLA spokesperson said: "Scottish Local Authorities are at the forefront of addressing the impact of poverty on our children and their families. There is a wide body of...
 
23 January 2018

COSLA comment on council reserves

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “The use of reserves like all other budgetary decisions is rightly and properly a matter for local discretion based on local need and circumstance.”
 
23 January 2018

COSLA renews its call for a fair deal for local government

COSLA has today (Tuesday) renewed its call for more resources to maintain essential local services and to help towards meeting the pay expectations of the local government work...
 
22 January 2018

COSLA comment on Scottish Budget

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “As part of the consultation process around the budget, local government is aware that there is an issue in relation to the individual calculations for...
 
19 January 2018

COSLA comment on Scottish roads

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Despite the financial pressures Scotland’s councils are doing their best to maintain roads at a stable level. But there is a strain on all our services...
 
19 January 2018

COSLA comment on local government settlement

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "COSLA's position on our budget settlement has been well documented in our Fair Funding for Essential Services document."We remain concerned about the...
 
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...