COSLA News

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

FIRST SYRIAN REFUGEE CHARTER FLIGHT ANNIVERSARY

COSLA President David O'Neill commented:

A year ago today, the first charter flight bringing Syrian refugees into the UK landed at Glasgow Airport.  It was a wet and miserable day, but all of the council staff who were there to greet the new arrivals will not forget their first encounters with 'their' families – all of them were tired, weary and hungry after a long journey, but all were relieved and grateful to finally be in a place of safety after many months, indeed years, of unimaginable suffering and anguish.

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Thu, 17/11/2016 - 09:23

1000 refugees welcomed to Scotland

The Equalities Secretary and the President of COSLA have praised the efforts of communities and councils across Scotland after confirming that more than 1,000 Syrian refugees have settled here.

The milestone was reached following the safe arrival of a further 120 refugees to Scotland in the last week.

It comes in the run-up to the first anniversary of the Refugee Summit, which met on September 4 2015 to consider Scotland’s response to the refugee crisis.

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Thu, 01/09/2016 - 12:38