Communities

COSLA COMMENT ON COMMUNITY PAY-BACK ORDERS

A COSLA spokesperson commented: "We share concerns over the need for community pay-back orders to start as soon as possible after the sentence. Doing this is key to reducing later reoffending. The funding of these measures will become of increasing importance as attempts are made to keep people out of prison, but this can't be done within existing resources allocated to Local Government. At some point, in the near future, the savings within one part of the public sector will need to be shifted to fund the community based alternatives."

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Tue, 17/10/2017 - 16:00

COSLA COMMENT ON COMMUNITY PAY-BACK ORDERS

A COSLA Spokesperson commented: "We share concerns over the need for community pay-back orders to start as soon as possible after the sentence. Doing this is key to reducing later reoffending. The funding of these measures will become of increasing importance as attempts are made to keep people out of prison, but this can't be done within existing resources allocated to Local Government. At some point, in the near future, the savings within one part of the public sector will need to be shifted to fund the community based alternatives."

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Sun, 17/09/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT ON NEW STEPS TO TACKLE HOMELESSNESS

In its Programme for Government the Scottish Government announced new steps to tackle homelessness.

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Wed, 06/09/2017 - 14:28

COSLA RESPONSE TO SOCIO-ECONOMIC DUTY ON COUNCILS

A spokesperson commented that: “COSLA is supportive of the consultation. COSLA has called for the socio-economic duty to be enacted and will work with Scottish Government to ensure the guidance that will accompany the duty is as effective as possible.”

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Mon, 24/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO MEDIA ENQUIRY ON CLADDING STANDARDS

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Scottish local authorities and housing associations have been seeking to reassure our tenants following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. 

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Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO MEDIA ENQUIRY ON UNIVERSAL CREDIT

"The COSLA position, as articulated to DWP via a letter from David O'Neill back in March, (following Council Leaders endorsement) is that in light of the impacts emerging that the government should abandon the first week when no payment is due (waiting days), and suggested a longer pause in rollout, before the accelerated program due to commence after the summer kicks in, at least until DWP can report on effective actions and improvements to the service."

 

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Mon, 10/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO MEDIA ENQUIRY ON SPRINKLERS IN HIGH RISE BUILDINGS IN SCOTLAND

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Scottish local authorities and housing associations have been working first and foremost to provide reassurance to tenants following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. 

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Mon, 03/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA COMMENT SUPPORTING SUBMISSION OF EVIDENCE TO THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ON HOMELESSNESS

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “It has been encouraging to see the Committee turn its attention to homelessness and the variety and strength of responses to their inquiry shows that Scotland continues to take the issue seriously. COSLA is clear that tackling homelessness requires a joined-up, preventative approach by a whole range of organisations and services that go beyond housing.

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Wed, 21/06/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO SCHOOL LIBRARY PROVISION

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “COSLA is aware that school library provision has changed. This is as a result of cuts to local government budgets whilst ringfencing certain national priorities. Many schools are working together within their local authority groups to provide a quality service both within schools and by linking with their community libraries.

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Fri, 05/05/2017 - 16:00

£25 MILLION FOR LOCAL REGENERATION

£25 Million For Local Regeneration

Grants to support 29 community projects across country.

Local areas across Scotland are set to benefit from a share of £25 million to help regenerate their communities.

A total of 29 projects will be awarded funding in 2017/18 as part of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF), which supports projects in disadvantaged areas that engage and involve local communities.

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Thu, 09/03/2017 - 10:00