COSLA News

COSLA to provide free access to sanitary products in all of its offices

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison has announced that from today (Wednesday) COSLA is to provide access to free sanitary products in its Edinburgh Headquarters and Conference Centre, as well as its offices and meeting spaces in both Glasgow and Brussels.

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Wed, 16/05/2018 - 10:06

Extra £10 million for road maintenance

Assistance for councils following extreme weather.

Local authorities are set to benefit from extra funding to cover the cost of roads maintenance and make additional repairs to road surfaces, following the extended wintry weather.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has taken the decision to allocate an additional £10 million for all 32 councils, with the details of the distribution to be agreed with COSLA.  

Mr Mackay said:

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Fri, 06/04/2018 - 13:43

Stopping bullying and harassment

Proposed changes to Councillors’ Code of Conduct.

Ministers have published proposed changes to the Councillors’ Code of Conduct that will explicitly prohibit harassment and bullying.

The amended Code has been submitted to the Scottish Parliament for approval following its endorsement by COSLA. This brings the Councillors’ Code in line with recent changes to the Scottish Ministerial Code.

Councillors have also agreed to update guidance on acceptable behaviour to accompany the changes to the Code.

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Thu, 05/04/2018 - 15:48

COSLA response to Local Government overview report

COSLA has welcomed the report out today (Thursday) from the Accounts Commission which shows that despite a substantial cut in funding councils continue to deliver essential services for their communities as best as they can.  

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Thu, 05/04/2018 - 00:01

Local Government values all of its workforce

Highly valued employees, delivering essential services for our communities, and equity across the workforce are priorities for local government COSLA said today (Wednesday).

COSLA added that this year’s pay discussions with trade unions were taking place in choppier waters as a result of a challenging financial settlement from the Scottish Government and expectations from the lifting of the Public Sector Pay cap.

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Wed, 28/03/2018 - 14:20

Government agrees to consultative rights for local government post BREXIT

COSLA, working with the other UK local authority associations last night (Monday) secured an important victory in the Brexit negotiating process with the Government agreeing that, once the UK exits the EU, a process will be established to consult local government on reserved matters they would have been consulted on through the EU Committee of the Regions.

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Wed, 21/03/2018 - 09:48

COSLA Convention meets in Paisley

Scotland’s leading councillors will meet in Paisley later this week as COSLA’s full Convention descends on Renfrewshire.

Hosted by Renfrewshire Council, the COSLA Convention will meet in the Town Hall from 11.00am on Friday 23 March.

As well as being the venue for the launch of COSLA’s first ever Annual Report, a busy agenda awaits consideration and discussion by elected members from throughout Scotland.

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Tue, 20/03/2018 - 10:06

Improvement Service Appoints Interim Chief Executive

The Improvement Service today (Thursday) announced the appointment of an interim Chief Executive, initially for 8 months, who will succeed Colin Mair, who retires at the end of this month.
 
Sarah Gadsden currently Director of Strategic Development and Collaboration within the Improvement Service, was chosen by the Improvement Service Board.
 

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Thu, 08/03/2018 - 10:32

Fife confirms its climate commitment

Fife Council strengthens its commitment to climate change action and our reputation for sustainability. Fife’s people, businesses and environment depend upon the way we reduce carbon emissions and respond to the impacts of climate change.

Councillor Jim Leishman, Provost of Fife, has made Fife Council the latest signatory to the ‘Global Covenant of Mayors on Climate Change’, while Co-Leaders David Ross and David Alexander and Fife Council Chief Executive Steve Grimmond, reaffirmed Fife’s commitment to Scotland’s Climate Change Declaration.

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Mon, 05/03/2018 - 13:23

COSLA welcomes triggering of the Bellwin Scheme

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison has this afternoon welcomed the announcement that Ministers will consider financial assistance for local councils under the Bellwin Scheme as a result of the weather that has hit Scotland so badly this week.

Councillor Evison said: "Scottish Borders Council requested that the Bellwin scheme be triggered and it is good to see that the Scottish Government has responded so quickly and so positively.  

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Mon, 05/03/2018 - 10:39