COSLA response to launch of 'Migration: Helping Scotland Prosper'

In response to the First Minister’s launch of the Scottish Government policy paper ‘Migration: Helping Scotland Prosper’, COSLA President, Councillor Alison Evison, has stated:

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Mon, 27/01/2020 - 09:30

Family leave for councillors

The role of being a Councillor and having the privilege of representing your community should be open to all COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said today (Friday).

Councillor Evison also stressed that the Family Leave Guidance for Councillors produced by COSLA, which councils can choose to adopt, is a huge step forward that should encourage more people to stand for elected office and help break down barriers for many.

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Fri, 24/01/2020 - 09:15

Role of councils in meeting climate change targets will be undermined without fair funding

The key role of local authorities in meeting ambitious climate change targets for 2045 will be undermined unless the Scottish Government provides a fair settlement for councils in this year’s budget.

Strong local leadership and action will be required, and a number of council services are at the forefront of combating the issue.

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Fri, 17/01/2020 - 10:10

The Wellbeing of Scotland's citizens at risk COSLA warns

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has signalled that the wellbeing of Scotland’s citizens is at risk in this year’s budget.

Councils are worried that if the Scottish Government again reduces the settlement given to Local Government then the essential services that directly impact on people’s health and wellbeing will be decimated.

Council services provided every day have a direct influence on wellbeing.

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Thu, 16/01/2020 - 11:10

We risk another generation of children growing up in poverty warn councils

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has expressed alarm that a generation of Scottish children could continue to live in poverty and be unable to realise their full potential.

The Scottish Government has set ambitious targets to tackle child poverty by 2030 but meeting them depends on a range of services delivered by local authorities and their partners.

However, COSLA has pointed out that ringfenced funding to improve attainment has come at the expense of the services which underpin how local authorities can tackle root causes of child poverty.

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Wed, 15/01/2020 - 09:34

COSLA welcomes budget announcement as finance secretary responds to councils' pressure

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of an early Scottish Budget.

COSLA has been calling on the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Derek Mackay MSP, to respond to current circumstances and give local authorities some certainty in the current climate.

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said:

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Mon, 13/01/2020 - 15:55

COSLA kicks off Scottish Budget campaign with warning to all

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has launched a campaign to persuade the Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP to invest in Scotland’s councils before it is too late.

COSLA has produced a briefing document Invest in Essential Services which clearly shows the reduction to Local Government funding since 2013/14 and how the flexibility councils have to spend their budget has been eroded by the Scottish Government.

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Mon, 13/01/2020 - 10:01

Time to act or communities will suffer

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has warned the Scottish Government that it risks causing further suffering amongst Scotland’s communities if it does not adequately fund council services.

The Local Government Settlement, a mix of General and Specific Revenue and Capital Grants, has decreased year upon year and councils are struggling to find the cash to meet the outcomes needed to create the kind of Scotland we all want to live in.

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Wed, 08/01/2020 - 10:49

COSLA writes to chancellor to warn of significant risks to councils over budget delay

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has warned the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the deep risk facing Scotland’s Councils as a result of delaying a UK Budget until the 11th March – describing the decision as “extremely worrying”.

Whilst Local Government is a devolved matter in Scotland, COSLA is arguing that the significant delay to the UK budget puts the essential services Scotland’s Local Authorities provide to communities at risk.

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Tue, 07/01/2020 - 12:40

Budgets are at breaking point warns COSLA President

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison has today (Monday) warned that years without fair funding for Scottish Local Government has meant that councils’ budgets are at breaking point.

In recent years the amount of funding for Scotland’s councils to spend on essential services has reduced, as well as being increasingly ringfenced for specific Scottish Government priorities, meaning local politicians have less freedom to deliver for their communities.

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Mon, 06/01/2020 - 00:01