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COSLA comment on the UK Government Budget

Speaking ahead of the Chancellor’s Budget statement next week, COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: “Through delivery of essential services – children’s services, housing, transport, social care, environmental protection, and more - Local Government is the life blood of Scotland. These essential services create opportunities for individuals and communities to thrive.

 

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Thu, 25/10/2018 - 11:44

COSLA comment on proposed local government boundary changes in Scotland

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Whenever the number of councils is looked at it is interesting that the perceived wisdom is always less never more.  

"This study is the opposite to what we hear from communities in Scotland every day.

"Local government is a legitimate sphere of government in Scotland and as such wants the powers and  the financial levers to respond to the specific needs in their communities. They do not need an arbitrary increase in size and a reduction in influence."

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Tue, 16/10/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on Glasgow City Council considering a working group for TVT

COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor has welcomed the news that Glasgow City Council is considering setting up a working group by to look at Transient visitor tax.
 
Councillor Macgregor said: "If this is the case, it is good to see this move by Glasgow City Council. COSLA is clear that a local Transient Visitor Tax, or levy, is a local tax for local determination. It would not be a Scotland-wide tax but a tax that could be introduced locally if the circumstances were right locally.
 

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Thu, 27/09/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on local government pension funds

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "We know that administering authorities and pension funds take their responsibilities seriously and operate within both their legal and fiduciary duties."

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Wed, 19/09/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on equal pay claims

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Councils are aware of both the LGPS REGS and the relevant SPPA advice note. It is for each employer to consider the appropriate method of settlement and agree same with the claimants and their representatives.

"There are legitimate reasons to award compensation and this would not be pensionable under the regulations. Any payments made that constitute pay arrears would however require to be treated as pensionable."

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Fri, 14/09/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on public sector budget cuts

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Cuts to the local government budget have a detrimental impact on the essential services Councils deliver And this impacts local communities and local economies.

"This is a point we will be stressing to the Scottish Government as we enter into discussions around this year’s spending review in the coming weeks."

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Fri, 14/09/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on pay negotiations

COSLA Resources Spokesperson, Councillor Gail Macgregor said:
 
"I want to put out a strong message that we value all our workforce equally and that is why the COSLA Leaders reinforced a long standing policy of parity in the pay offer.
 

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Thu, 13/09/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on councils contracts and the local economy

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "As local government budgets continue to be cut- this is one real example of the impact the decision to do this has on local economies.
 
"Councils want to invest locally to drive local growth and secure benefits for communities.
 
"It is critical that the Scottish Government invests in Local Government in the upcoming Spending Review if we are serious about working in partnership to achieve a prosperous Scottish economy."
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Mon, 03/09/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on Scottish Pension Funds and fracking

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "We know that administering authorities and pension funds take their responsibilities seriously and operate within both their legal and fiduciary duties."

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Sun, 02/09/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on school funding

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "A series of recent independent reports from a range of organisations are clear in their analysis that local government has taken  a real hit in terms of funding over the last couple of years.
 
"There is no doubt that this has had an impact on the essential services that Councils deliver. We are faced with a situation where demand for our essential services outstrips our ability to pay for them all."
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Sun, 05/08/2018 - 16:00