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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,

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20 March 2020

Trading Standards Scotland 'Scam Share' e-bulletin

Trading Standards Scotland (TSS) has created a weekly bulletin called ‘Scam Share’, which is focused on the constantly evolving scams relating to the Coronavirus outbreak. The...
19 March 2020

COSLA COVID-19 bulletin to elected members

Introduction This briefing gives an up-to-date position in relation to National Events linked to Coronavirus (COVID-19) for all elected members in Scotland.COVID-19 is an illness...
19 March 2020

COSLA Office Closure

In light of Government guidance to limit all non-essential travel and contact with others, we have taken the decision to allow our staff to work home and have closed the COSLA...
18 March 2020

COSLA comment on closure of schools and nurseries

Councillor Stephen McCabe, COSLA Children and Young People Spokesperson, said:“We have been working closely with the Scottish Government and our local authority partners to...
11 March 2020

COSLA calls on Scottish Government to increase Local Government budget

COSLA today (Wednesday) called on the Scottish Government to increase this year’s Scottish Local Government budget, should there be more money coming to Scotland as part of the UK...
28 February 2020

Budget Comment

Scotland’s Council Leaders today (Friday) expressed disappointment that the agreed Budget deal only makes good the underfunding of new and existing commitments required by the...
26 February 2020

Councils can't contribute to climate change without the cash to do so

The Scottish Government’s 2045 Climate Change Targets will not be met as local authorities will be forced to use ageing, high-emission vehicles on a daily basis, councils have...
24 February 2020

Children will continue to grow up in poverty as a result of this budget, councils warn

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has expressed alarm at the impact the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget will have on councils’ ability to tackle child...
21 February 2020

Scottish Government cannot expect economy to grow if it keeps cutting council services

The ability for councils to drive economic development in their communities is at risk as a result of cuts to council budgets, COSLA has warned today (Friday).COSLA has warned...
19 February 2020

COSLA response to announcement on new points-based immigration system

In response to the Home Secretary’s announcement on new points-based immigration system, COSLA Spokesperson for Community Wellbeing, Councillor Kelly Parry, stated:“Scotland has...