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

2018 winners showcase Scottish Local Government at its very best

The 2018 COSLA Excellence Awards have honoured eight Scottish Councils and their partners for outstanding quality of service to the public.

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Fri, 12/10/2018 - 12:03

COSLA and Improvement Service Annual Conference to welcome First Minister

Entitled “Our Agenda” the COSLA and Improvement Service Annual Conference gets underway in St. Andrews two weeks today (Thursday 11th, Friday 12th October).

This year we are pleased to announce Business Stream as the main headline sponsor of the Annual Conference 2018.

The COSLA/IS event, which takes place over two days, will forensically examine what a bespoke Local Government Agenda looks like and explore why more than ever, in today’s uncertain world, local government’s distinct agenda is so important.

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Thu, 27/09/2018 - 09:15

Transient visitor tax news release from COSLA

COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor has today (Wednesday) backed the City of Edinburgh Council’s local consultation on their transient visitor levy as absolutely the right thing to do and praised them for wanting to get any model right for their unique local circumstances.

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Wed, 26/09/2018 - 14:49

COSLA response to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report

COSLA response to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report on impact of EEA migration in the UK published this week.

Councillor Elena Whitham, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson, said:

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Thu, 20/09/2018 - 13:17

Council leaders from across Scotland to meet in Forfar

Leading Councillors from the length and breadth of Scotland will head for Angus later this week as the COSLA Leaders Meeting gathers in Forfar on Friday morning.

Hosted by Angus Council, Scotland’s Council Leaders will meet in the Forfar Community Campus, Kirriemuir Road, Forfar, on Friday, 31st August at 11.00 am.

Commenting in advance of the meeting COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said: “COSLA is first and foremost a membership organisation and I am pleased to be taking the August meeting of Council Leaders to Angus.

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Tue, 28/08/2018 - 17:00