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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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25 February 2019

Councils pledge ‘local leadership’ on Gypsy/Travellers’ rights

Scotland’s Council Leaders have pledged action to improve the lives of Scotland’s Gypsy/Travellers and tackle discrimination towards the community.Meeting at COSLA’s head-quarters...
21 February 2019

COSLA reaction to EIS rejection of pay offer

COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: “We absolutely value the education of our young people and throughout these negotiations have re-iterated the value...
15 February 2019

COSLA comment on nitrates in school meals

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Local authorities adhere closely to established, expertly developed and agreed national nutritional standards. This includes the guidance from the...
6 February 2019

Councils continue to perform well for communities however pressures are starting to bite

Scotland’s Councils have done a very good job in delivering essential services for their communities in light of increased demand for services. They are very aware, however, of...
1 February 2019

COSLA comment on homelessness

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Local Government is committed to tackling homelessness. Our frontline staff work tirelessly to prevent and respond to those presenting at our services...
1 February 2019

COSLA welcomes overwhelming support from UNISON for pay deal

Councillor Gail Macgregor said: “I am absolutely delighted with today’s announcement that UNISON members have signalled their overwhelming support for this deal.“This is a result...
31 January 2019

COSLA Budget Statement

COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: "I welcome the movement made by the Scottish Government today in recognition of the essential services Local...
29 January 2019

COSLA comment on Pupil Equity Fund

A COSLA spokesperson said: "This is a perfect illustration of why the Pupil Equity Fund gives neither councils nor employees the security we need."It is short term funding which...
25 January 2019

COSLA comment on winter preparedness

Councillor Steven Heddle, COSLA Environment and Economy Spokesperson said:"Local Authorities take winter preparedness and maintenance extremely seriously. It is arguable that...
25 January 2019

COSLA comment on teacher pay

At a meeting in Edinburgh today, (Friday), Scotland’s Council Leaders agreed to support a Scottish Government Policy Intervention in acknowledgement of recruitment and retention...