COSLA responds to Trade Unions' letter

Councillor Alison Evison, COSLA President, said: "Sadly these are difficult times and we are dealing with an issue the likes of which we have never seen before. I think that the only way to get through it is by a collective push and working in partnership both locally and nationally.
"An enormous amount of constructive partnership work has been undertaken so far and at an incredible pace, with both UK and Scottish Government and also with our Trade Union Colleagues.

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Wed, 01/04/2020 - 16:15

Council workers deserve our respect and support now more than ever says COSLA President

Local Government staff who are out delivering essential services at this time deserve our support and respect COSLA President Alison Evison, said today (Monday).
Councillor Evison said: “All Local Government staff should always be supported and respected  – but it is even more important that they are in these unprecedented and most challenging of times – when they are needed more than ever as they go about delivering for communities.

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Mon, 30/03/2020 - 17:17

Supporting COVID-19 Key Workers

Here's some further guidance issued by Scottish Government this evening around Key Workers.

Alison Evison, President of COSLA, said:

“We recognise the extreme pressures faced by all businesses and employers at this very difficult time. Our priority is to ensure that vital services continue as far as possible. Local authorities have worked tirelessly to ensure that there is provision available for the children of key workers in an extremely tight timescale. However, our capacity to do so needs to be established in line with public health advice.

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Tue, 24/03/2020 - 22:13

COSLA COVID-19 Bulletin: 24th March

COSLA has prepared a fresh weekly briefing covering issues related to COVID-19 to help keep you up-to-date.

Download the full PDF by clicking the image below:

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Tue, 24/03/2020 - 21:44

COSLA COVID-19 bulletin to elected members


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 caused by a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan city, China. It can cause a cough and / or fever.

Generally, it can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people and those with long-term conditions such as diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

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Thu, 19/03/2020 - 16:30

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 Offices for the foreseeable future. This includes the COSLA Conference Centre situated at Verity House.

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Thu, 19/03/2020 - 10:05

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 Scottish Government and does nothing to address inflationary or demand pressures.

It also fails to make any restoration of the significant cuts to Local Government core funding in previous years.

Leaders agreed that, as such, the settlement represents a 2% or £205million cut in real terms in revenue funding for Local Government.

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Fri, 28/02/2020 - 17:44

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 warned today (Wednesday).

The Scottish Government draft budget falls far short of what COSLA considers a fair settlement for Local Government.  It results in a £95m (£300m real terms) cut to revenue and £117m (£130m real terms) cut to capital budgets. The impact of these cuts will continue to be felt.

COSLA Environment and Economy Spokesperson Councillor Steven Heddle said:

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Wed, 26/02/2020 - 15:16

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 poverty.

COSLA today (Monday) warned that the Government has not considered successive years of cuts, or rising inflation and demand and have therefore put the Government’s own 2030 Child Poverty targets at risk.

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Mon, 24/02/2020 - 13:14

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 that the Government has not considered successive years of cuts, or rising inflation and demand and have therefore put Scotland’s economy at risk.

The Scottish Government draft budget falls far short of what COSLA considers a fair settlement for Local Government.

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Fri, 21/02/2020 - 10:34