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COSLA RESPONSE TO ACCOUNTS COMMISSION OVERVIEW REPORT 2017

The Accounts Commission is 100% correct in its analysis that new councillors elected in May face major challenges – COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill said today (Tuesday).  
 
Commenting on their 2017 overview report published today, the COSLA President also said that he was only too well aware of the long-term decline in Scottish Government real terms funding for Councils in recent years.
 

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Tue, 07/03/2017 - 00:01

COUNCILS CONTINUE TO DELIVER DESPITE FINANCIAL PRESSURES NEW REPORT SHOWS

Total Current spending by Scottish Councils has reduced by 11% in real terms from £17.18 billion to £15.30 billion in the last 6 years according to a new report out today (Friday).

The report also highlights that despite this 11% reduction across the period, the vast majority of productivity, output and outcome measures within Councils have improved.

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Fri, 24/02/2017 - 10:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO THE RETURN OF £160 MILLION BACK TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Commenting on the return of £160 million back to local government COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill said: “I am pleased that after months of successful lobbying through both COSLA’s #chooselocal and #budgetreality campaigns, which highlighted the real difficulties facing councils, that the Scottish Government has revised its proposed budget.  
 

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Thu, 02/02/2017 - 00:00

COSLA COMMENT ON BUDGET STATEMENT

Commenting on the budget statement announced in Parliament this afternoon (Thursday) COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill said: “COSLA can never endorse a reduction to the core local government settlement as announced as part of the budget statement today.

“It is our understanding that the Scottish Government had significant additional cash for 2017/18 and therefore this decision will impact on services delivered by local government.
 

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Thu, 15/12/2016 - 15:38

CLEAR MESSAGE FROM COUNCIL LEADERS ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING

COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill said that Council Leaders had given COSLA a very clear message over the course of the last week that the Scottish Government have to treat local government fairly in this week’s settlement announcement.

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Mon, 12/12/2016 - 07:47

COSLA SAYS ANOTHER CUT FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT WILL RESULT IN SEVERE JOB LOSSES

COSLA today (Monday) said that a cut to local government funding from central government next week will have severe consequences for jobs across the country.

Speaking in advance of the Scottish Government laying out its spending plans for next year, COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill said: “The Scottish Government needs to realise that if as a result of their political choices the local government settlement is cut again next week – this will have severe consequences for jobs across Scotland.

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Mon, 05/12/2016 - 08:25

DESPITE THE DIFFICULTIES, SCOTLAND’S COUNCILS ARE MANAGING FINANCES WELL SAYS AUDIT SCOTLAND

COSLA’s Finance Spokesperson Councillor Kevin Keenan said that he was very pleased with the recognition from the Accounts Commission that Scotland’s councils had managed their finances well and added that as auditors for the public sector in Scotland they were right to flag up the significant financial challenges that lie ahead.

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Tue, 29/11/2016 - 08:50