A day in the life of Scotland's Councils

The hard work and dedication of Council staff all over Scotland is being recognised in a new video by COSLA.

The short four minute video, produced in collaboration with Local Authorities up and down the country, has been released today (Friday) to highlight the tremendous effort made by Councils and their workforces during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It shows a variety of Council colleagues – including call handlers, caterers, staff in schools and refuse collectors – carrying out a range of tasks in their communities.

It is beautifully set to a performance of Lean on Me by The Perth and Kinross Council ‘Everyone Can Sing’ staff choir and rounded off with a sincere word of thanks to Local Authorities and their staff by COSLA President, Councillor Alison Evison.

Speaking as she launched the video, Councillor Evison said: “The video offers an invaluable insight into the fantastic work carried out by Local Authorities and their staff throughout the country.

“Time and time again throughout the pandemic, we have witnessed Councils and their staff going above and beyond to deliver essential support to their communities and help keep people safe.

“I have also been humbled by Local Government employees who have volunteered within their towns and cities, carrying out much-needed duties such as delivering prescriptions to those who were shielding and helping at local foodbanks.”

She added: “We may be slowly emerging from lockdown, but the hard work of Scotland’s Local Authorities is far from over as we move towards the recovery phase and our workforce deserve a tremendous amount of credit for their work.

“The commitment to serving their communities has been heroic and I have no doubt this will continue in the weeks and months ahead.”