COSLA welcomes prospect of Member's Bill setting out local democratic rights in Scotland

Legislation would bring Scotland in line with other modern democracies and cement partnership working between national and local government.
Commenting on the consultation launched today by Andy Wightman MSP, COSLA President Alison Evison said:

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Fri, 29/06/2018 - 12:47

COSLA comment on local government's use of Twitter

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Twitter is a free and powerful communication tool to get local government’s message out to the general public. It’s a platform that connects local government to what people are saying, doing and thinking in their area.

“It has been estimated that there are about 13 million Twitter users in the UK.

“COSLA is able to use Twitter to highlight the important work it is doing (e.g. campaigning/lobbying), as well as the vital work that is being done in Local Government service delivery and across the public sector in general.”
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Tue, 19/06/2018 - 17:00

COSLA President supports the launch of the National Performance Framework

COSLA President, Councillor Alison Evison said: “I am delighted to add COSLA’s name to the National Performance Framework.
“I want to add to the First Minister’s words and provide a clear message of support from Local Government for the new National Performance Framework and for the ambitions it sets out for a successful and inclusive Scotland.
“We too share those aspirations for our country and the communities that we serve locally.

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Mon, 11/06/2018 - 10:35

COSLA President is supporting PROCESSIONS on Sunday 10th June 2018

The President of COSLA, Councillor Alison Evison is joining thousands of women and girls across the UK who will walk together as part of a mass participatory artwork to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage on Sunday 10th June.

To mark this historic moment, they will wear either green, white or violet scarves - the colours of the suffrage movement, appearing as a flowing river of colour as they walk through the city streets.

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Fri, 25/05/2018 - 13:00

COSLA to provide free access to sanitary products in all of its offices

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison has announced that from today (Wednesday) COSLA is to provide access to free sanitary products in its Edinburgh Headquarters and Conference Centre, as well as its offices and meeting spaces in both Glasgow and Brussels.

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Wed, 16/05/2018 - 10:06

Extra £10 million for road maintenance

Assistance for councils following extreme weather.

Local authorities are set to benefit from extra funding to cover the cost of roads maintenance and make additional repairs to road surfaces, following the extended wintry weather.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has taken the decision to allocate an additional £10 million for all 32 councils, with the details of the distribution to be agreed with COSLA.  

Mr Mackay said:

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Fri, 06/04/2018 - 13:43

Stopping bullying and harassment

Proposed changes to Councillors’ Code of Conduct.

Ministers have published proposed changes to the Councillors’ Code of Conduct that will explicitly prohibit harassment and bullying.

The amended Code has been submitted to the Scottish Parliament for approval following its endorsement by COSLA. This brings the Councillors’ Code in line with recent changes to the Scottish Ministerial Code.

Councillors have also agreed to update guidance on acceptable behaviour to accompany the changes to the Code.

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Thu, 05/04/2018 - 15:48

COSLA response to Local Government overview report

COSLA has welcomed the report out today (Thursday) from the Accounts Commission which shows that despite a substantial cut in funding councils continue to deliver essential services for their communities as best as they can.  

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Thu, 05/04/2018 - 00:01

Local Government values all of its workforce

Highly valued employees, delivering essential services for our communities, and equity across the workforce are priorities for local government COSLA said today (Wednesday).

COSLA added that this year’s pay discussions with trade unions were taking place in choppier waters as a result of a challenging financial settlement from the Scottish Government and expectations from the lifting of the Public Sector Pay cap.

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Wed, 28/03/2018 - 14:20

Government agrees to consultative rights for local government post BREXIT

COSLA, working with the other UK local authority associations last night (Monday) secured an important victory in the Brexit negotiating process with the Government agreeing that, once the UK exits the EU, a process will be established to consult local government on reserved matters they would have been consulted on through the EU Committee of the Regions.

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Wed, 21/03/2018 - 09:48