COSLA comment on community council funding

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Decisions such as these are rightly and properly a matter for local determination. Absolutely up to each local authority to decide the amount of funding to community councils in their areas."

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Tue, 18/09/2018 - 17:00

COSLA comment on community wardens

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "The employment and deployment of community wardens is rightly and properly a matter for individual councils. What I can say more generally is that cuts to local government funding do have an adverse effect on our ability to provide all of the essential services that we would like. Sadly the demand for our essential services outstrips our ability to pay for them all."

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Fri, 07/09/2018 - 17:00

Helping older people to live independently

Strategy will address isolation, loneliness and improve access to housing.

Older people are being helped to understand how their housing choices will impact on their lives as they age.

A refreshed joint strategy between the Scottish Government and COSLA, which champions independent living for older people within their community, has been launched.

Announcing ‘Age, Home and Community’ at a meeting in Edinburgh with members from Age Scotland network groups, Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

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Thu, 30/08/2018 - 11:00

COSLA comment on summary report on the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group's 2017-18 Winter Initiative

Councillor Elena Whitham, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson said:

"I would like to add my thanks to the individuals and organisations who provided so much practical support to those rough sleeping last winter. Work continues at pace, to eradicate rough sleeping and minimise homelessness across Scotland.

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Thu, 16/08/2018 - 14:03

COSLA comment on temporary homeless accommodation

Councillor Elena Whitham, COSLA’s Community Wellbeing Spokesperson said:

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Wed, 15/08/2018 - 17:00

More support for young people at risk of crime

Funding for whole system approach.

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Wed, 15/08/2018 - 09:30

COSLA comment on Serco

Councillor Elena Whitham, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson said:

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Thu, 02/08/2018 - 17:00

COSLA comment on housing development and sustainable travel

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "We recognise that building more homes is vital to communities. Developing active travel also is a priority for councils.
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Fri, 27/07/2018 - 17:00

Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Recommendations COSLA/ALACHO Comment

Councillor Elena Whitham, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson said:

"The funding commitment set out today by the Minister is welcome - rapid rehousing transition plans and housing first are both critical to get right. COSLA will work with Scottish Government to understand the detail of the funding available for Councils, and our partners across the housing sector and beyond, in order to ensure delivery is effective and delivers the transformational change required.

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Wed, 27/06/2018 - 09:29

COSLA comment on library closures

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "This is rightly and properly an operational matter for individual councils based on local need and circumstance. What I can say, however, is that the backdrop of cuts to council budgets certainly doesn’t help matters."

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Tue, 19/06/2018 - 17:00