Communities

COSLA comment on homelessness

COSLA's Community Wellbeing spokesperson Cllr Whitham commented:

"Councils recognise stable housing is critical to families and individuals. Getting it wrong means children’s performance at school suffers, people’s health can be poor and the chances of maintaining employment are lessened. Because of this councils take our responsibilities around homelessness seriously.

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Fri, 09/02/2018 - 12:00

COSLA comment on care visits

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "We would not take a view on the merit of 15 minute visits in isolation because they can be an important part of a wider package of care. Furthermore, the context is important in that council budgets are under huge pressure and demand for adult social care is steadily on the rise.

"Most importantly, services should be commissioned on a person-centred basis with  a focus on outcomes. Focusing on one element of care might not always tell the full story."

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Thu, 08/02/2018 - 17:00

COSLA comment on council housing waiting lists

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Scotland’s Councils, and the housing sector more generally, are committed to ensuring those people living with a disability, mobility issues and the elderly are appropriately housed.

"Increasing the supply of affordable homes for rent locally will assist Councils in meeting the requests for more appropriate housing. Councils, along with strategic partners in the housing sector, are working tirelessly to ensure 50,000 affordable homes are completed.

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Thu, 11/01/2018 - 17:00

"Refugee integration strategy published" Joint press release

New Scots strategy sets out support for refugees.

Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers have helped develop a new strategy to support those seeking safety in Scotland.

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Wed, 10/01/2018 - 15:21

COSLA comment on property maintenance

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Scotland's Councils are continuing to do what they can against the back drop of continued austerity and year on year cuts to our budgets.

"As our fair funding document launched yesterday shows, just to carry on providing the essential services we currently provide,local government needs a revenue increase of £545 million."

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Fri, 17/11/2017 - 17:00

COSLA comment on council parks and greenspaces

A COSLA Spokesperson commented: “Scotland's Councils are committed to Community Wellbeing and making local communities as pleasant as possible.


"COSLA is currently in talks with the Scottish Government regarding the spending review and will be presenting a strong case that Local Government cannot sustain further cuts, as experienced over the last two years, without significant impact on services and jobs, and most importantly the communities we serve to protect.

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Fri, 03/11/2017 - 17:00

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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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