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 - 14:44

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 - 16:23

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 - 10:12

COSLA comment on secondary ticketing sites

Fiona Richardson, Chief Officer for Trading Standards Scotland said: “Whilst there is undoubtedly a role for the secondary ticket market, a small number of individuals unfortunately appear to be distorting the market, leading to confusion over the details or validity of tickets and in many cases driving prices up to levels that are unaffordable for many. We will continue to highlight what consumers should be aware of, in order to ensure they are able to make an informed decision.  

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Tue, 28/11/2017 - 18:00

COSLA budget comment

Commenting on today's Budget, Councillor Kelly Parry COSLA's Community Wellbeing Spokesperson said: “COSLA is delighted to see that Government has listened to what COSLA and others have been saying and has brought forward changes in the budget to address fundamental flaws in Universal Credit.

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Wed, 22/11/2017 - 18:15

Tackling Inequality Requires a Properly Resourced Scottish Local Government

If we are serious about tackling inequalities in Scotland, and promoting inclusive growth, then we must have a properly resourced local government to deliver the essential services that enable this to happen - COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor told the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government Committee this morning (Wednesday).

Councillor Macgregor said:

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Wed, 22/11/2017 - 12:32

COSLA calls for fair funding for Scottish Local Government

Ahead of the Chancellor’s Budget statement next week, COSLA today (Thursday) launched a 10-page factual document entitled “Fair Funding for Essential Services” laying out the case for a fair settlement for local government.

Commenting as she launched the document COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said:  “Enough is enough, Scottish Local Government can no longer be the poor relation of the Scottish Public Sector.

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Thu, 16/11/2017 - 01:00

All levels of government must work together to address climate change – says COSLA.

Cllr Steven Heddle, COSLA Spokesperson for Economy and Environment, attending the UN COP 23 meeting in Bonn said that all levels of government must work together to address climate change, if we are to meet the Paris CO2 target.  


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Mon, 13/11/2017 - 12:34


Landmark Agreement with COSLA Reached

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Sun, 29/10/2017 - 10:00


The 2017 COSLA Excellence Awards have honoured eight Scottish Councils and their partners for outstanding quality of service to the public.
Glasgow City, East Renfrewshire, and Renfrewshire all took first place in their award categories, alongside a double win for North Ayrshire Council. Dundee City Council scooped the Chairman’s Award, while Clackmannanshire Council achieved the Excellent People, Excellent Outcomes Award. Stirling Council picked up the SOLACE Best Team Award, and Aberdeenshire Council won the Scottish Government Award for Delivering Excellence.

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Fri, 06/10/2017 - 11:48