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

COSLA comment on teacher pay

At a meeting in Edinburgh today, (Friday), Scotland’s Council Leaders agreed to support a Scottish Government Policy Intervention in acknowledgement of recruitment and retention of teachers as an additional part of the pay offer.

This Scottish Government ‘Top-up’ adds additional further resource to the already substantive pay offer from COSLA of 3% in each of the three years up to March 2021.

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Fri, 25/01/2019 - 15:11

Committee backs principle of free music tuition

Councillor Stephen McCabe, COSLA’s Children and Young People Spokesperson said:


“The report from the Education and Skills Committee in relation to instrumental music tuition is welcome. We will consider the recommendations in the report carefully before responding to the Committee. Local authorities recognise the value that learning a musical instrument has in children and young people’s development.


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Tue, 22/01/2019 - 11:34

Christmas message from the COSLA President

"At COSLA we have been working to show that Scotland remains a welcoming and outward looking country. We will continue this work in 2019.

"Across Scotland, many essential council services are delivered by staff who have moved across Europe to make their homes here.

"I want to pay tribute to the work of all the valued local government workforce  who deliver essential services throughout the year and will continue to do so over the festive period and into 2019.

"And I also thank our elected members for the huge contribution they make in serving our communities.

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Thu, 20/12/2018 - 11:19

COSLA response to Unison Local Government Committee

Commenting on the decision taken today (Wednesday) by the Unison Local Government Committee to recommend acceptance of the Employers offer COSLA's Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: 

“I am absolutely delighted that the Unison Local Government Committee has agreed to recommend the Employers revised 3 year offer to their membership.

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Wed, 19/12/2018 - 17:02

COSLA welcomes the launch of the Children & Young People Mental Health Taskforce Delivery Plan

COSLA is grateful for the work of the jointly commissioned taskforce in its initial considerations and putting together this initial delivery plan for its work.

Local government will continue to work jointly with Scottish Government in supporting the taskforce. As the delivery plan states, it is vital that we continue to focus on prevention and early intervention and building strong community responses and services.

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Wed, 19/12/2018 - 12:54