COSLA response to announcement on new points-based immigration system

In response to the Home Secretary’s announcement on new points-based immigration system, COSLA Spokesperson for Community Wellbeing, Councillor Kelly Parry, stated:

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Wed, 19/02/2020 - 15:16

Challenge Poverty Week - Fife Council and Living Wage Ambitions

Challenge Poverty Week

Day Three – Living Wage

Fife Council

This week is #ChallengePovertyWeek

Every day this week COSLA is putting the spotlight on a different Scottish local authority to highlight the steps they’re taking to tackle poverty in their community.

Today we are focussing on Fife Council and their ambitions for the Living Wage.

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Tue, 08/10/2019 - 16:39

Challenge Poverty Week - Perth & Kinross Council's Scottish Welfare Fund Team

Challenge Poverty Week

Day Two – Scottish Welfare Fund

Perth and Kinross Council

This week is #ChallengePovertyWeek

We’re putting the spotlight on a different local authority every day to highlight the steps they’re taking to tackle poverty in their community.

Today we are focussing on Perth & Kinross Council’s Scottish Welfare Fund team.

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Tue, 08/10/2019 - 10:30

Challenge Poverty Week - Blog

COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson Councillor Kelly Parry on what actions Scotland's local authorities are taking to tackle poverty. 

Tackling child poverty is one of the most challenging issues facing our society. The extensive and often innovative work being carried out by our local authorities is a solid base to build on - we need to use this work as a springboard  to impact ever more forcibly on  Scotland’s ambitious national reduction targets. 

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Mon, 07/10/2019 - 10:37

COSLA Welcomes New Payment to Combat Child Poverty

COSLA welcomes the Scottish Government’s announcement yesterday that it will bring forward the delivery of the Scottish Child Payment to support low income families and to combat rising levels of child poverty. 


COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson Councillor Kelly Parry, welcomed the announcement -


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Thu, 27/06/2019 - 16:33

COSLA comment on 'Stay in Scotland' campaign

COSLA’s Community Wellbeing Board today (Friday) issued a rallying call for Scottish Local Government to back the ‘Stay in Scotland’ Campaign and to encourage EU Nationals to get registered for the forthcoming Euro Elections.

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Fri, 03/05/2019 - 14:24

COSLA comment on Gypsy/Traveller sites

COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson, Councillor Elena Whitham said:

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Mon, 15/04/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on compulsory purchase orders

Councillor Alison Evison, COSLA President said: "We are pleased to see that the law is being used to clear some of the worst housing practice and to improve the circumstances of some of the poorest communities.  
"Wherever a council believes that the local circumstances merit it, this power should be used to promote community wellbeing."

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Mon, 25/03/2019 - 18:00

Friday 8 March 2019 marks International Women’s Day

People all over the world will take part in activities and events celebrating women's social, economic, cultural and political achievements while calling for a more gender-balanced world.

This year’s theme, #BalanceforBetter, helps us focus on how we can better support the development of a sustainable gender balanced society, which is better for everyone. 

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Fri, 08/03/2019 - 01:01

COSLA comment on football stadium safety

Councillor Alison Evison, COSLA President said: "We take the licensing of our stadiums very seriously. That is why we have a strong record of safety on football events activity.

"Scotland’s councils engage with partners to ensure the protection of our local communities who attend football matches and other events across the country.

"We treat our community safety role with high priority.      

"Going forward if there are improvements identified of course local Government and COSLA will work positively with partners to find solutions."

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Tue, 05/03/2019 - 18:00