COSLA held a Special Meeting of Council Leaders on Friday 12th August, 2022. Following the meeting, COSLA Resources Spokesperson, Councillor Katie Hagmann commented:
“Following the confirmation that the additional monies provided by Scottish Government will be recurring, Leaders have now mandated me today [Friday 12th August] to move forward with our trade union partners on the basis of an offer that raises the Scottish Local Government Living Wage to £10.50. Leaders have reaffirmed their aspiration to make an offer greater than the initial 2% but note the risk that public services will not recover, jobs will be affected and communities will see services reduced as Local Government budgets are unable to sustain the long term pressures they have been under.
Leaders continue to call on Scottish Government to provide funding and flexibilities to enable an offer beyond the monies provided to date. As such we will be seeking to make an improved offer via the appropriate negotiating mechanisms as soon as possible.”