Communities

COSLA comment on 'Stay in Scotland' campaign

COSLA’s Community Wellbeing Board today (Friday) issued a rallying call for Scottish Local Government to back the ‘Stay in Scotland’ Campaign and to encourage EU Nationals to get registered for the forthcoming Euro Elections.

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Fri, 03/05/2019 - 14:24

COSLA comment on Gypsy/Traveller sites

COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson, Councillor Elena Whitham said:

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Mon, 15/04/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on compulsory purchase orders

Councillor Alison Evison, COSLA President said: "We are pleased to see that the law is being used to clear some of the worst housing practice and to improve the circumstances of some of the poorest communities.  
 
"Wherever a council believes that the local circumstances merit it, this power should be used to promote community wellbeing."

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Mon, 25/03/2019 - 18:00

Friday 8 March 2019 marks International Women’s Day

People all over the world will take part in activities and events celebrating women's social, economic, cultural and political achievements while calling for a more gender-balanced world.

This year’s theme, #BalanceforBetter, helps us focus on how we can better support the development of a sustainable gender balanced society, which is better for everyone. 

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Fri, 08/03/2019 - 01:01

COSLA comment on football stadium safety

Councillor Alison Evison, COSLA President said: "We take the licensing of our stadiums very seriously. That is why we have a strong record of safety on football events activity.

"Scotland’s councils engage with partners to ensure the protection of our local communities who attend football matches and other events across the country.

"We treat our community safety role with high priority.      

"Going forward if there are improvements identified of course local Government and COSLA will work positively with partners to find solutions."

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Tue, 05/03/2019 - 18:00

COSLA comment on homelessness

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Local Government is committed to tackling homelessness. Our frontline staff work tirelessly to prevent and respond to those presenting at our services who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
 
"The move to revise arrangements on local connections and intentionality seeks to remove legislative barriers for applicants, COSLA and our member councils will work with Scottish Government and partners to consider the implications of these changes."
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Fri, 01/02/2019 - 18:00

COSLA comment on community council funding

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Decisions such as these are rightly and properly a matter for local determination. Absolutely up to each local authority to decide the amount of funding to community councils in their areas."

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Tue, 18/09/2018 - 17:00

COSLA comment on community wardens

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "The employment and deployment of community wardens is rightly and properly a matter for individual councils. What I can say more generally is that cuts to local government funding do have an adverse effect on our ability to provide all of the essential services that we would like. Sadly the demand for our essential services outstrips our ability to pay for them all."

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Fri, 07/09/2018 - 17:00

Helping older people to live independently

Strategy will address isolation, loneliness and improve access to housing.

Older people are being helped to understand how their housing choices will impact on their lives as they age.

A refreshed joint strategy between the Scottish Government and COSLA, which champions independent living for older people within their community, has been launched.

Announcing ‘Age, Home and Community’ at a meeting in Edinburgh with members from Age Scotland network groups, Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

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Thu, 30/08/2018 - 11:00

COSLA comment on summary report on the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group's 2017-18 Winter Initiative

Councillor Elena Whitham, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson said:

"I would like to add my thanks to the individuals and organisations who provided so much practical support to those rough sleeping last winter. Work continues at pace, to eradicate rough sleeping and minimise homelessness across Scotland.

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Thu, 16/08/2018 - 14:03