COSLA News

COSLA CONDEMNS TWO CHILD POLICY

Scotland’s Council Leaders have this afternoon (Friday) publicly condemned and stated their fundamental opposition to the UK Government’s two child limit policy and the exceptions for children born as a result of non-consensual sex.

Councillor Kelly Parry, COSLA Spokesperson for Community Well-being said: “COSLA is fundamentally opposed to both the UK Government’s broader two child limit and to its approach to exceptions for children “conceived as a result of non-consensual sex”.

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Fri, 25/08/2017 - 13:11

ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL RETURN TO COSLA

Commenting on the decision taken this afternoon (Wednesday) by Aberdeen City Council to return to COSLA, COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said:  “The first thing to say is that I am absolutely delighted with the decision taken by Aberdeen City Council today. It is my absolute pleasure to welcome them back into the organisation.

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Wed, 23/08/2017 - 15:36

COSLA RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT EDUCATION PROPOSALS

Scotland’s Council Leaders today (Friday) raised real concerns about the impact of removing  democratic accountability from Scotland’s education system.

 

Commenting following a Special Council Leaders meeting in Edinburgh COSLA’s newly appointed education Spokesperson Councillor Stephen McCabe said: “Council Leaders were clear today on two things. 

 

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Fri, 30/06/2017 - 13:36

COSLA PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT ELECTED

Councillor Alison Evison (Labour, Aberdeenshire) has been elected as the 15th President of COSLA and only the third female President of the organisation following a meeting of the full Convention in Edinburgh this morning (Friday).

 

Councillor Graham Houston (SNP, Stirling) was appointed Vice-President at the same meeting.

 

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Fri, 30/06/2017 - 12:14

COSLA RESPONSE TO CLAIM OF POLITICAL PARALYSIS HANGING OVER COUNCILS

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “The General Election is having no impact on councils. This is not an issue.

“There is no disruption to Scottish Local government – Scotland’s councils are getting on with what they do best, delivering high quality services to the public.  

“This time round is no different to what has happened previously in terms of forming administrations. All councils are adhering to the policy of having their first meeting within the 21 day period from the date of the election with several occurring throughout the course of this week.”

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Tue, 16/05/2017 - 16:00

COSLA PRESIDENT RESPONSE TO THE PUBLICATION OF ARTICLE 50 LETTER

Responding to the publication today of the Article 50 letter, COSLA President, Councillor David O’Neill said:

"While Scottish Council Leaders wanted to stay in the European Union, we recognise that we must now engage positively to protect and promote our communities.

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Wed, 29/03/2017 - 13:41

COSLA RESPONSE TO REVENUE SURPLUS CLAIMS

COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill said: “There have been various presentations and misrepresentations of the local government budget over the last couple of years which we feel are not only confusing to communities but also significantly damaging to the role of local government.
 
“It is extremely disappointing that the Cabinet Secretary is linking growth in reserves in 2015/16 with a ‘fair’ settlement for local government this year. Over 2016/17 and 2017/18 local government has seen a £550m reduction in its settlement and that is the budget reality.  
 

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Tue, 28/02/2017 - 16:15

SPELLING OUT #BUDGETREALITY

COSLA is to launch a social media campaign entitled #BudgetReality which will lay out in detail the real budget Councils have been given for next year.

The campaign will also highlight the impact of this reduction in specific service areas.

COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill made the announcement today (Friday) in advance of the first meeting of Council Leaders in 2017.

Councillor O’Neill said:

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Fri, 27/01/2017 - 00:00

COUNCILS HOMELESSNESS EFFORT UNDER THREAT IF FUNDING CUT SAYS COSLA

Speaking today (Wednesday) in advance of the Scottish Government laying out its spending plans for next year, COSLA’s Community Wellbeing Spokesperson Councillor Harry McGuigan said:
 
“Councils have made great efforts to tackle homelessness in recent years but a severe cut to Local Government next week will threaten all of this hard work. As the Scottish Government look to hollow-out council funding even more, this will result in resources being taken away from support services that stop people becoming homeless.
 

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Wed, 07/12/2016 - 09:22

CHAIR OF THE COMMISSION ON STRENGTHENING LOCAL DEMOCRACY COMMENTS ON SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT DEBATE

Speaking as Chair of the Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy, Cllr David O’Neill commented on today's debate in the Scottish Parliament as follows:

“Today’s debate is an important reminder that local democracy should be a key priority for every political party.  

After 50 years of steady centralisation, it’s good that there is now a real debate taking place across Scotland about how to strengthen local democratic accountability and empower communities.  

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Wed, 30/11/2016 - 14:08