COSLA News

A DAY IN THE LIFE: COSLA CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Sally Loudon - Chief Executive COSLA

Sally Loudon - Chief Executive of COSLA

"Like all Chief Executive jobs there is no typical day or week; it’s the variety of challenges and opportunities that makes my job interesting and invigorating. I’ve been working in local government for a long time, yet I still never fail to be struck by the sheer diversity of the incredible services that councils deliver every day.

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Wed, 30/08/2017 - 12:29

COSLA RESPONSE TO LAUNCH OF CAMPAIGN AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND EXPLOITATION

Councillor Kelly Parry has this morning (Tuesday) made the following statement in response to the launch of the Scottish Government’s campaign against human trafficking and exploitation.

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Tue, 29/08/2017 - 11:16

COSLA BACKS PAISLEY 2021

The body representing Scottish councils has backed Scotland’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) gave its backing to the Paisley 2021 bid at its latest leaders meeting on Friday 25 August.

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021, run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), aims to use the power of culture to transform people’s lives by creating opportunities for those who live and work in the town as well as in the surrounding areas.

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Fri, 25/08/2017 - 14:12

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 - 14:11

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 - 16:36

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 - 14:36

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 - 13:14

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 - 17:00

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 - 14:41

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 - 17:15