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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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17 September 2018

The value of local government staff recognised with £350 million pound offer to workforce

COSLA today (Monday) said that the £350 million pound offer that Scotland’s Council Leaders have put on the table for the entire local government workforce, at a time of...
14 September 2018

COSLA comment on equal pay claims

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Councils are aware of both the LGPS REGS and the relevant SPPA advice note. It is for each employer to consider the appropriate method of settlement...
14 September 2018

COSLA comment on National Care Home Contract rate

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "It is not appropriate to compare the National Care Home Contract rate with the figures obtained by CEO of Renaissance Care – doing so does not reflect...
14 September 2018

COSLA comment on public sector budget cuts

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Cuts to the local government budget have a detrimental impact on the essential services Councils deliver And this impacts local communities and local...
13 September 2018

COSLA comment on school attendance

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Scottish Local Authorities support children and their families to make the best of their time in school and attendance is a key part of this work....
13 September 2018

COSLA comment on enivronmental fines recovery

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "This is an operational matter for individual authorities. Obviously cuts to local government funding do not help in relation to the essential services...
13 September 2018

COSLA comment on pay negotiations

COSLA Resources Spokesperson, Councillor Gail Macgregor said: "I want to put out a strong message that we value all our workforce equally and that is why the COSLA Leaders...
13 September 2018

COSLA comment on National Care Home contract

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Care homes in Scotland have had unprecedented financial support and prioritisation from Local Government against a hugely challenging financial...
13 September 2018

COSLA response to Audit Scotland's report on children's mental health

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said: "COSLA welcomes the report and will work with partners to consider the recommendations made. As noted in the report, the newly...
12 September 2018

Chair publishes first recommendations for the work of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce

Dr Dame Denise Coia has published a preliminary view and initial recommendations for improvements in provision for children and young people’s mental health in Scotland. These...