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COSLA COMMENT ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT SETTLEMENT

A spokesperson for COSLA said: “Discussions with the Scottish Government over the local government settlement for 2018/19 are underway and clearly pay inflation will be an important part of this. There is a rising level of expectation over pay being created  through the removal of the public sector pay cap in Scotland.

"We anticipate learning the outcome of these talks in mid-December when the Finance Secretary Mr Mackay discloses his proposed budget and with that the local government settlement."

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Fri, 27/10/2017 - 16:00

COSLA COMMENT ON BUSINESS RATES

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “COSLA welcomed the new power to introduce rates relief locally. It is nonetheless entirely at Councils’ local discretion whether to use these powers and any relief offered needs to be paid for. This therefore has to be understood within the current challenging financial environment for local government.”

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Mon, 23/10/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO COUNCIL FUNDING SHORTFALL MEDIA QUERY

A COSLA Spokesperson commented: “COSLA is 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 experience 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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Mon, 09/10/2017 - 16:00

COSLA COMMENT ON STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE BARCLAY REVIEW

Commenting on today’s (Tuesday) statement by Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution, in response to the Barclay Review - COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said she welcomed the Government’s approach in relation to further discussion around the review of non-domestic rates.

Councillor Macgregor also said she was pleased that local government through COSLA has been invited onto the Government’s Advisory Group, as a key partner, to consider some of the Barclay Reforms.

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Tue, 12/09/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO BARCLAY REVIEW

Councillor Gail Macgregor, COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson said: “Whilst we are disappointed that the review did not seek to strengthen local democracy or enhance the relationship between local economic development and national business rates we do welcome the Barclay review. 

“We will now consider all of the recommendations in detail and look forward to discussing our joint thoughts on the review with Scottish Government.

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Tue, 22/08/2017 - 12:23

COSLA RESPONSE TO LGA MEDIA RELEASE ON EU FUNDING AFTER BREXIT

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “We have worked very closely with the other three UK Local Government Associations around BREXIT.

“COSLA fully supports and indeed shares the LGA’s stance around the amount of money they will need to be replaced post Brexit following the removal of EU Funding.

“The figure for Scotland is 1.8 bn euros. (Scotland receives 1,8bn euro in the EU Structural Funds  for Rural, Social, Marine and Social economic development).

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Thu, 27/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE ON CYBER CRIME

A COSLA Spokesman said: “This is a fine balancing act for councils. However Scotland’s Councils are well prepared to prevent the type of cyber-attack we saw hit the NHS in the sprinG of this year. 

"Scotland’s Councils have good defences in place and as such are confident around them preventing it happening to us. That said we are certainly not, and never will be complacent or think that this couldn’t happen to us.

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Thu, 06/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO QUERY ON UNPAID COUNCIL TAX

A COSLA Spokesperson commented: "Councils have an excellent track record in collecting unpaid Council Tax, as the published collection rate underlines. Let us be clear it is individuals who have not paid what they are due that is the issue, not Councils seeking to collect what’s rightly owed to them. Councils will always pursue outstanding debts robustly and, in many cases, will have reached agreement with those who are in debt, to bring their arrears up to date."

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Thu, 22/06/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE ON THIRD SECTOR FUNDING

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Councils are currently constrained by the series of one-year financial settlements they receive from Scottish Government. We are fully aware of the benefits of longer-term budgeting and would like to pass on these on to the third sector, but that has to start with Government giving Councils longer term settlements.”

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Tue, 02/05/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO REFORM SCOTLAND REPORT ON PUPILS EQUITY FUND

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “The use of public money requires guidance to ensure it is used in line with the expectations of the policy. This is a SG piece of guidance which recognises the concerns of headteachers who were concerned about being directly accountable for spending decisions. The guidance notes that education and headteachers do not operate in isolation of other parts of civic society and that they should be cognisant of the legal implications of money which is directed via local authorities.

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Thu, 27/04/2017 - 16:00