Councils continue to perform well for communities however pressures are starting to bite

Scotland’s Councils have done a very good job in delivering essential services for their communities in light of increased demand for services. They are very aware, however, of the increasing challenges ahead as budget pressures begin to bite, as a new report out today (Wednesday) highlights.

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Wed, 06/02/2019 - 00:01

COSLA comment on Local Government Pension Scheme

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "There is no LGPS merger proposed. all that’s happening is a consultation on structure options is taking place. COSLA has responded but we don’t have anything further to say at this stage."

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Thu, 10/01/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on AASC contract

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "The new AASC contract starts in September 2019 and there will be a period of transition to the new contracts prior to this.

"Glasgow is currently the only Local Authority area within Scotland that is an asylum dispersal area."
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Thu, 10/01/2019 - 17:00

COSLA response to EIS ballot

Responding to the outcome of the EIS ballot today (Tuesday) which has rejected the Employers pay offer, COSLA Resources Spokesperson, Councillor Gail Macgregor said:

"I want to make it crystal clear to the entire teaching workforce that Local Government hugely values and respects them and the incredible work they do every day in schools throughout Scotland to educate and support our children and young people.

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Tue, 20/11/2018 - 17:10

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