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

Response to EU Referendum

Commenting on the result of the EU Referendum, COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill said today (Friday): 

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Fri, 24/06/2016 - 13:40

COSLA committed to increasing women’s representation in local government in Scotland.

COSLA has today (Tuesday) agreed to pledge its commitment to increasing women's representation in local government in Scotland.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the full Convention and was based on a suggestion from Cllr Ronnie Nicholson, Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council. This builds upon the UN's recent Pledge for Parity initiative which was a focus of International's Women's Day last week and will likely be a continuing focus of the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) over the next 2 weeks.

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Wed, 16/03/2016 - 16:54