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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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1 March 2019

Pay deal agreed with Local Government workforce

COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor today (Friday) expressed her absolute delight at securing a deal on pay with the SJC.Councillor Gail Macgregor said: "I am...
27 February 2019

More support needed for people made destitute by the immigration system

COSLA has today (Wednesday) launched new guidance on migrants’ rights to services provided by local authorities in Scotland. The resource is intended to support councils as they...
26 February 2019

COSLA comment on music tuition

A COSLA spokesperson said: "Every local authority recognises the value of music education and the contribution it makes to ensuring that children and young people get the very...
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...