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COSLA operates a 24 hour, 365 day a year media service. The media team issues statements and news about Scottish local government, and campaigns on specific issues. Media enquiries should be directed to David J Kennedy, Head of Media and Communications, 0131 474 9205, or Sean Torrens, Policy Assistant (Media and Communications), 0131 474 9215, 

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21 August 2019

President responds to end of Freedom of Movement

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said this afternoon (Monday): “COSLA and Scottish Local Government have worked hard to reassure EU citizens that they are welcome in...
21 August 2019

COSLA response to HMICS Report on Football

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said that she was delighted with today’s (Tuesday) report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland that shows councils...
20 August 2019

COSLA comment on changes to the school week

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "All schools are focussed on ensuring that children and young people benefit from a curriculum delivered across the school week. "It is a matter...
19 August 2019

COSLA comment on childcare expansion

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "This report shows that almost 20,000 children are already accessing increased hours of Early Learning and Childcare. "Since this data was...
19 August 2019

COSLA comment on building standards

A COSLA Spokesperson said in regard to the story today (Monday) on building standards:"While we agree that the implications of achieving the net zero target by 2045 are profound...
19 August 2019

COSLA comment on Council funding

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Distribution of funding is a joint process between Scottish Government and Local Government. Whilst complex, it is largely based on the principle of...
16 August 2019

COSLA comment on music tuition

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Seeking to establish the cost of introducing entitlement to universal free instrumental music tuition would be extremely challenging. Such a change in...
16 August 2019

COSLA comment on self-funding fees

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Self-funding fees are agreed privately between an individual and the care home. "It is right that individuals and their carers should be able to...
15 August 2019

COSLA comment on Common Good Funds

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Underpinned by the Community Empowerment Act and wider legislation, local authorities will consult with and involve communities in all aspects of...
14 August 2019

The short list for the 2019 COSLA Excellence Awards is now available

The COSLA Excellence Awards celebrate the very best in Scottish local government.  As in previous years, judging the awards is undertaken in three parts. Teams of expert...