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

Report on policing at football is a regrettable missed opportunity, says COSLA

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said: "Today’s Report (Wednesday) is a regrettable missed opportunity.

"With better handling and a more open process involving all the key partners, we could have taken a genuinely strategic and a holistic look at a serious subject.

"Given some recent well reported behaviours at football matches, it is crucial that we work together to get this right.

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Wed, 06/03/2019 - 15:23

Gypsy/Travellers statement issued today

From Councillor Elena Whitham

“Scotland’s Councils are committed to protecting and promoting the rights of Gypsy/Travellers, who should be respected members of our diverse communities with a culture that is valued.


 “While today’s report suggests that not all local authority- run sites meet the required standard, we understand that the majority of councils that this applies to have now submitted plans and outlined the steps they are taking to address any outstanding issues.


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Wed, 06/03/2019 - 12:03

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 seek to support people whose immigration status means they can’t access public funds. 

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Wed, 27/02/2019 - 13:52

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 in Edinburgh, Scotland’s leading local politicians met with Gypsy/Traveller activists to hear about the difficulties they face in seeking to live a traditional lifestyle.

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Mon, 25/02/2019 - 15:46

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 we place on our teachers and the work that they do.

“That is why a very fair offer, at the absolute limits of what we could afford, was presented to our teachers and I am disappointed with today’s rejection.

“Industrial action in our schools is in nobody’s interests and it is for this reason we will continue to engage as positively as we can with Government and the Trade Unions.”

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Thu, 21/02/2019 - 17:51

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 of the determination on both sides to reach an agreement. We await the outcome of the other trade union ballots and look forward to moving on to the next stage in this negotiation. But as I say, absolutely delighted with today’s overwhelming backing from UNISON.”

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Fri, 01/02/2019 - 16:21

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 Government delivers.

"This helps councils across the country in making their tough choices.  Councils will continue to work to mitigate the impact on communities.

"COSLA, on a cross party basis, has engaged positively with Scottish Government and all political parties throughout these budget negotiations.

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Thu, 31/01/2019 - 17:58