President responds to end of Freedom of Movement

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said this afternoon (Monday): “COSLA and Scottish Local Government have worked hard to reassure EU citizens that they are welcome in Scotland and we value the contribution they make to our economy and communities. Unfortunately, this announcement differs from those we have received previously and may well reinforce people’s fears and concerns about Brexit.

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Wed, 21/08/2019 - 09:32

COSLA response to HMICS Report on Football

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said that she was delighted with today’s (Tuesday) report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland that shows councils have responded quickly and positively to an Independent Review of Football Policing from earlier this year.

Councillor Evison said: “Today’s report is a clear signal of the good, solid progress councils have made in terms of consolidating safety within our football stadia –  following the report into “An Independent Review of Football Policing in Scotland.”

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Wed, 21/08/2019 - 09:29

The short list for the 2019 COSLA Excellence Awards is now available

The COSLA Excellence Awards celebrate the very best in Scottish local government. 


As in previous years, judging the awards is undertaken in three parts. Teams of expert assessors from across local government have already been working to evaluate and provide feedback on each application, and a short list of the top three applications from each category has been agreed. 


The 2019 finalists are as follows:


Category 1 – Service Innovation and Improvement

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Wed, 14/08/2019 - 09:07

COSLA comment on the National Transport Strategy Consultation

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said: "COSLA has worked with the Scottish Government on the development of the new National Transport Strategy. Whilst we support its commitment to protect our climate and improve lives, we also recognise that more work will be required if we are to achieve a sustainable, inclusive and accessible transport system.

"We would therefore encourage all those with an interest in the future of our transport system to have their say as part of the consultation.”

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Wed, 31/07/2019 - 13:17

Long-list announced for the 2019 COSLA Excellence Awards

Applications for the 2019 COSLA Excellence Awards have now been marked and we are ready to publish the 2019 long-list.


If your project is listed below then congratulations! You have made it to the penultimate round. Our team of internal judges will now screen the top 10 applications from each of the five categories and a further short-list (top three from each category) will be announced on August 14th.

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Tue, 30/07/2019 - 16:34

Council Leaders pledge to continue to help resettle refugees

Scotland’s Council Leaders have today pledged to ensure that Scotland continues to play its part in resettling some of the most vulnerable people displaced from their homes because of war and persecution.

The commitment comes today following a Leaders meeting in COSLA HQ, Verity house, Edinburgh this morning (Friday), and enables councils to build on the crucial work they have done up to this point. 

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Fri, 28/06/2019 - 13:22

Suicide prevention training a vital part of a busy agenda for Council Leaders tomorrow

Scotland’s Council Leaders meet in COSLA tomorrow (Friday) for their monthly Leaders meeting to discuss and debate the key issues facing both local government and their communities.

Taking its place in a busy agenda for Scotland’s leading Councillors will be the issue of suicide prevention.

This follows the launch of the new suicide prevention and mental health training resources earlier this week, developed by NHS Health Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland funded by the Scottish Government.

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Thu, 30/05/2019 - 10:15

Local governance review: joint statement

A joint statement from The Scottish Government and The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) on the local governance review.


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Thu, 16/05/2019 - 13:53

COSLA Convention Meets in Musselburgh

Scotland’s leading Councillors will arrive in Musselburgh later this week as COSLA’s full Convention meets in East Lothian.


Hosted by East Lothian Council, COSLA’s Convention will meet in the Brunton Hall from 11am on Friday 29 March.


A busy agenda awaits debate, discussion and decision by leading elected members from the length and breadth of Scotland.


Commenting ahead of Friday’s meeting, COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison

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Mon, 25/03/2019 - 10:16

COSLA response to Accounts Commission Overview Report

COSLA has welcomed the report out today (Thursday) from the Accounts Commission which chimes heavily with similar recent reports showing that despite substantial cuts in funding Councils continue to show strong performance in key service areas and deliver essential services for their communities.

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Thu, 21/03/2019 - 13:01