Councils continue to perform well for communities despite sharp reduction in spend.

Scotland’s Councils continue to perform well for their communities in terms of service delivery despite a sharp reduction in their finances according to a new report out today (Monday).

The data released today clearly demonstrates that councils and schools are closing the education attainment gap.  It is clear that measures of educational outcome continue to show positive progress overall but particularly for children from the most deprived areas.

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Mon, 12/02/2018 - 12:00

The value of local government services given more recognition in the budget deal

COSLA today (Wednesday) said that the deal agreed between Derek Mackay and the Scottish Greens puts local government in an improved position over that of the proposed settlement in December. Adding that whilst it still does not remove the real financial challenges that Local Government is facing, the value of the essential services local government provides to our communities, is better recognised. 

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Wed, 31/01/2018 - 16:38

Local Government Settlement News release

Ahead of the start of the Scottish Government Budget process through Parliament next week, Council Leaders today (Friday) renewed their call for a fair settlement for local government, saying that anything else is a bad outcome for communities.

Commenting following the first Leaders meeting of 2018 in Edinburgh today, COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said:  “Scotland’s Council Leaders today (Friday) renewed their call for a fair settlement for local government and said that a cut to local government is a bad outcome for local communities.

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Fri, 26/01/2018 - 14:06

Colin Mair, CEO at the Improvement Service - to retire

Colin Mair, Chief Executive of the Improvement Service, has announced he is to retire from local government service.

Mair who has been at the helm of the Improvement Service since it its inception in 2004 will leave his post on 31 March, 2018.

Commenting today (Thursday) he said:  "I am a passionate believer in the role local public services can have in improving lives and opportunities for people across Scotland, and it has been a real privilege to work in public service across the last 14 years.

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Thu, 25/01/2018 - 17:00

COSLA renews its call for a fair deal for local government

COSLA has today (Tuesday) renewed its call for more resources to maintain essential local services and to help towards meeting the pay expectations of the local government work force now that the public sector pay cap has been lifted.

Speaking this morning COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: “We have two things running side by side. Firstly, the need to maintain essential services for our communities and secondly the ability to make a fair offer to our workforce which we value highly.

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Tue, 23/01/2018 - 12:05

COSLA responds to Union pay claim

Commenting on the pay claim from the Trade Unions earlier today, COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson, Councillor Gail Macgregor said:

“We met with the Trade Unions today, Friday, 12 January 2018. This was the first meeting in relation to this year’s pay award. We will take the claim away and consider it carefully, obviously taking full cognisance that, as employers, our pay awards have to be both sustainable and affordable.”

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Fri, 12/01/2018 - 15:04

Steps taken to make social security more local

The latest milestone in planning for Scotland’s new social security system has been reached between the Scottish Government and local authority body COSLA.

A joint delivery agreement has been set up to provide a framework for when the new social security agency is located in council buildings around Scotland.

The agreement is designed to ensure consistently high-quality services across Scotland and build on links between support services when people are accessing social security and local council services.

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Wed, 20/12/2017 - 13:55

Councils praised for humanitarian efforts as Scotland welcomes 2000th Syrian Refugee

Local Authorities have been lauded for their work to provide a safe home for refugee families, three years ahead of schedule, as Scotland’s councils mark the arrival of the 2000th refugee through the Syrian Resettlement Programme.
Supported by COSLA, Scottish Councils have met their goal to resettle 10% of those refugees brought to the UK, just two years into the five-year programme.

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Mon, 18/12/2017 - 13:44

Budget response from COSLA

Local Government has faced really difficult times over the last few years and these will remain into the future despite a more measured approach by the Scottish Government in delivering the local government settlement for next year.  

However, this is not a flat cash settlement, COSLA said today (Thursday).

Councillor Gail Macgregor, COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson said: “I would like to start by putting on record the engagement the Cabinet Secretary has had with us to meet the pressures that we have presented, particularly in relation to our shared priorities.

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Thu, 14/12/2017 - 15:23

Local Governance Review

Review to strengthen local decision making.  

Communities are to have their say on how more decisions can be taken at a local level.  

The Scottish Government and COSLA have jointly launched a Local Governance Review, which will make sure local communities have more say about how public services in their area are run.  

The review will involve hearing from communities all across the country to get a clear understanding of the type of changes that are needed, and how these can be made to happen.

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Thu, 07/12/2017 - 09:12