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17 November 2016


COSLA President David O'Neill commented:A year ago today, the first charter flight bringing Syrian refugees into the UK landed at Glasgow Airport.  It was a wet and miserable...
16 November 2016


Leaders of local government in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have united around the call for further devolution to local communities across the UK after Brexit....
20 September 2016

Concerns raised over Education Scotland report

A COSLA Spokesman said:“This is very disappointing from a local government perspective and hopefully it will not have a knock on effect in our wider discussions around education...
13 September 2016

COSLA calls for Open Consultation

Commenting following Mr Swinney’s announcement in Parliament this afternoon on education, a COSLA Spokesman said: “Obviously today is only the start of a Consultation process...
1 September 2016

1000 refugees welcomed to Scotland

The Equalities Secretary and the President of COSLA have praised the efforts of communities and councils across Scotland after confirming that more than 1,000 Syrian refugees have...
12 August 2016

Media Lines from Education Executive Group (Thursday 11th August)

David O’Neill – COSLA President:When Alex Salmond was returned as First Minister following the election in 2011, I always remember his “We do not have the Monopoly on Wisdom.”...
4 August 2016

Councils on the right road and doing well with less

No one is arguing that local roads are perfect and cannot be improved, but at a time of austerity and rising demand for services the fact that today’s report has shown that the...
28 July 2016

Response to Supreme Court Ruling

A COSLA Spokesperson said, in response to the Supreme Court ruling published on Thursday 28 July on the role of the Named Person:"This is a complex issue and we are taking the...
24 June 2016

Response to EU Referendum

Commenting on the result of the EU Referendum, COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill said today (Friday): “The result of the EU Referendum vote is clearly a significant...
13 June 2016

Local Government family unite around Education

Ahead of the Scottish Government’s Summit on education later this week, education experts from across the system today urged the Scottish Government to proceed with caution and...