Council Leaders back call for People's Vote

Scotland’s Council Leaders have today (Friday) backed the call for a People’s Vote in relation to Brexit.


The decision was taken at a meeting of Council Leaders in Edinburgh.


Commenting on the decision COSLA’s President Councillor Alison Evison said:  “COSLA’s position was a strong one for remaining a member of the EU.  It was two years ago and it is now.  Along with families and communities, councils are deeply worried about where we now are. 


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Fri, 30/11/2018 - 15:31

COSLA supports 16 Days of Activism - Day 5

Saturday 1st December marks the end of the first week of 16 Days of Activism. Today, COSLA takes the opportunity to shine a light on some of the events and initiatives organised by Violence Against Women Partnerships (VAWPs) across our councils over the past week.
VAWPs are the multi-agency mechanism that deliver Equally Safe at local level and work to prevent violence against women, safeguard the safety and wellbeing of those affected, and hold perpetrators to account for their behaviours.

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Fri, 30/11/2018 - 10:22

COSLA supports 16 Days of Activism - Day 4

Equally Safe is Scotland's strategy to prevent and eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls. The Strategy and its associated Delivery Plan was developed by COSLA and the Scottish Government in association with a wide range of partners.  
Councillor Kelly Parry, COSLA’s Community Wellbeing Spokesperson, says, “The strategy fosters collaborative working between key partners in the public, private and third sectors to achieve its aims and vision.
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Thu, 29/11/2018 - 10:58

COSLA comment on Local Government Overview Report

In welcoming the report out today (Thursday) from the Accounts Commission, which shows that despite a substantial cut in funding in 2017/18 councils continue to deliver essential services for their communities, COSLA warned that this is not sustainable and Councils are at a cliff edge.
Commenting on the Local Government Overview Report COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: 

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Thu, 29/11/2018 - 01:01

COSLA supports 16 Days of Activism - Day 3

COSLA’s Community Wellbeing Spokesperson, Cllr Kelly Parry, says, “The adoption of a gendered analysis of violence against women aligns Scotland’s Equally Safe strategic approach with the UN definition of violence against women that includes the girl child. On a worldwide basis, violence against women is a function of gender inequality and an abuse of male power and privilege. Therefore, our responses need to recognise that we must understand and address the attitudes and structures that underpin this violence and abuse.

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Wed, 28/11/2018 - 10:27

Comment from Councillor Stephen McCabe on the Poverty and Inequality Commission report out today

Councillor Stephen McCabe, COSLA Children and Young People spokesperson said:


“We welcome this report from the Poverty and Inequality Commission and the opportunity we had to meet with the Commissioner and his team. In general terms local authorities work closely with their partners to address child poverty.  Their work is often bold and innovative and there is an increasing understanding of what works. There is increasing support for those on the lowest incomes with more local authorities involved in the cost of the school day initiatives.


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Tue, 27/11/2018 - 10:32

COSLA supports 16 Days of Activism - Day 2

Councillor Kelly Parry, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson, is clear about the importance Local Government places the prevention and eradication of violence against women and girls. She says, “COSLA is working in partnership with the Scottish Government to prevent and eradicate gender-based violence. Gender based violence damages health and wellbeing, limits freedom and potential, and is a violation of the most fundamental human rights.”

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Tue, 27/11/2018 - 10:25

COSLA supports 16 Days of Activism - Day1

Yesterday, Sunday 25th November, was the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It also marked the first day of the International 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

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Mon, 26/11/2018 - 09:59

COSLA stresses vital role that Local Government plays in Scottish economy as it calls on the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work to help deliver inclusive growth for our communities.

Ahead of the budget negotiation period, COSLA today (5th November) launched a briefing document entitled Fair Funding for Essential Services 2019/20 which outlines in detail the central role that Local Government plays in both the local and Scottish economy.

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Mon, 05/11/2018 - 11:15

COSLA comment on the launch of the Scottish Government’s Enterprise and Skills Strategic Plan

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Economic development continues to be a leading priority for local authorities, and central to that is inclusive growth tailored to local needs and communities. COSLA therefore welcomes the publication of the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Plan today, and will in time consider in detail its content and the potential impact it may have for Local Government."


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Wed, 17/10/2018 - 10:41