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COSLA comment on funeral expenses

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Local authorities understand that bereavement is a stressful time for families, and are committed to making costs as affordable and transparent as possible.

“Fees and charges for any local government services are a matter for local determination based on need and circumstance.

“COSLA fully recognises that this is a sensitive issue and would be happy to work with Scottish Government and those involved in the funeral business to consider whether any general guidance around the issue may be useful.

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Wed, 06/06/2018 - 17:00

COSLA response to John McLaren comment

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said: "As we plan for this year’s discussions about the financial settlement, there is no escaping the fact that the last two settlements have not been positive for local government.

"Indeed we did not get the £545million in the last spending review that we had calculated local government needed to stand still.

"So as we look forward we are clear that from a local government finance perspective there is absolutely no more room left for manoeuvre.

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Fri, 01/06/2018 - 17:00

COSLA comment on pay campaign - EIS Annual General Meeting 2018

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “We have made an offer to all of the local government workforce in line with the public sector pay policy.”

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Fri, 01/06/2018 - 09:00

COSLA comment on transient visitor levy

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “We want to strengthen local democracy and local choice and that is why COSLA, on behalf of Scotland’s Council Leaders, will continue make the case for the introduction of local discretionary taxes such as TVT for all local authorities to address specific local issues.”

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Thu, 31/05/2018 - 17:00

COSLA comment on SPICe Report Local Government Finance Figures 2013-14 to 2018-19

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “There is no doubt that Councils have suffered the brunt of cuts in recent years and the simple truth is that Scotland’s councils have no room left to manoeuvre in terms of budgets.
 
"This report backs up both our Fair Funding for Essential Services report as well as the Improvement Service Benchmarking report.”
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Mon, 21/05/2018 - 17:00

COSLA response to Scottish Government financial support due to bad weather

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison has this afternoon welcomed the announcement that Ministers will consider financial assistance for local councils under the Bellwin Scheme as a result of the weather that has hit Scotland so badly this week.

Councillor Evison said: "Scottish Borders Council requested that the Bellwin scheme be triggered and it is good to see that the Scottish Government has responded so quickly and so positively.  

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Sat, 03/03/2018 - 18:00

Scottish Local Government needs long term sustainable funding

Scottish Local Government needs long term sustainable funding COSLA has said.

COSLA reiterated that pay remains a major issue now that expectations have been raised by the removal of the Public Sector pay cap.

Commenting today (Wednesday) COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: “Our ask is simple and straightforward.  

“As a sector, Scottish Local Government needs the confidence and assurance that long term sustainable funding helps bring.  

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Wed, 21/02/2018 - 01:01

COSLA comment on council reserves

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “The use of reserves like all other budgetary decisions is rightly and properly a matter for local discretion based on local need and circumstance.”

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Tue, 23/01/2018 - 18:00

COSLA comment on Scottish Budget

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “As part of the consultation process around the budget, local government is aware that there is an issue in relation to the individual calculations for councils.

"We understand that revised figures will be issued by the Scottish Government to councils either today or tomorrow. We do not know the implications for individual councils.

"We have pressed the point to the Scottish Government about the urgency to get revised figures out to councils as soon as possible and without any further delay.”

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Mon, 22/01/2018 - 18:00

COSLA comment on local government settlement

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "COSLA's position on our budget settlement has been well documented in our Fair Funding for Essential Services document.

"We remain concerned about the local government settlement and the impact it will have on local government services and the communities we represent.

"We are taking a further report to Leaders at the end of this week. (Friday)

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Fri, 19/01/2018 - 18:00