COSLA comment on funeral expenses

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Local authorities understand that bereavement is a stressful time for families, and are committed to making costs as affordable and transparent as possible.

“Fees and charges for any local government services are a matter for local determination based on need and circumstance.

“COSLA fully recognises that this is a sensitive issue and would be happy to work with Scottish Government and those involved in the funeral business to consider whether any general guidance around the issue may be useful.

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Thu, 17/05/2018 - 17:00

Funding for fuel poverty and energy efficiency

FM announces allocation of £54.5 million

Funding of £54.5 million to help tackle fuel poverty and reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Speaking at the All Energy conference in Glasgow, the First Minister launched the Route Map to an Energy Efficient Scotland, which outlines action to ensure that by 2040, all homes are improved so they achieve an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of at least Band C.

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Wed, 02/05/2018 - 11:03

£568m for affordable housing

Increased funding to ensure councils can deliver more homes.

More affordable homes will be delivered across Scotland this year following a £35 million increase to council allocations, bringing it to £568 million.

The increases will continue over the coming years, rising to £591 million in 2019-20 and £630 million in 2020-21.

This brings the overall funding allocated to councils for affordable housing to £1.79 billion over three years.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

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Mon, 30/04/2018 - 11:00

COSLA response to the Minister for Local Government and Housing

Responding to the Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart’s comments earlier today (Wednesday) on the most recent set of recommendation from the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group available here, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson Elena Whitham said: "I would like to add my thanks to organisations who worked so hard work to support those sleeping rough during last week’s extreme weather.

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Wed, 07/03/2018 - 15:22

COSLA comment on Temporary Traffic Restriction Orders

Councillor Elena Whitham, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson stated: "Yesterday Police Scotland confirmed to Scottish Local Government that they will be hosting a working group on 8 March with us and the Scottish Government to resolve the issues on (Temporary Traffic Restriction Orders) TTROs.

"In the meantime, we will reinstate the arrangements that were in place before October last year. There will be no additional need for TTROs or for us to charge for arranging and policing these. I hope that meaningful progress will be achieved."

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Tue, 27/02/2018 - 18:00

COSLA comment on homelessness

COSLA's Community Wellbeing spokesperson Cllr Whitham commented:

"Councils recognise stable housing is critical to families and individuals. Getting it wrong means children’s performance at school suffers, people’s health can be poor and the chances of maintaining employment are lessened. Because of this councils take our responsibilities around homelessness seriously.

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Fri, 09/02/2018 - 13:00

COSLA comment on care visits

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "We would not take a view on the merit of 15 minute visits in isolation because they can be an important part of a wider package of care. Furthermore, the context is important in that council budgets are under huge pressure and demand for adult social care is steadily on the rise.

"Most importantly, services should be commissioned on a person-centred basis with  a focus on outcomes. Focusing on one element of care might not always tell the full story."

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Thu, 08/02/2018 - 18:00

COSLA comment on council housing waiting lists

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Scotland’s Councils, and the housing sector more generally, are committed to ensuring those people living with a disability, mobility issues and the elderly are appropriately housed.

"Increasing the supply of affordable homes for rent locally will assist Councils in meeting the requests for more appropriate housing. Councils, along with strategic partners in the housing sector, are working tirelessly to ensure 50,000 affordable homes are completed.

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Thu, 11/01/2018 - 18:00

"Refugee integration strategy published" Joint press release

New Scots strategy sets out support for refugees.

Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers have helped develop a new strategy to support those seeking safety in Scotland.

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Wed, 10/01/2018 - 16:21

COSLA comment on property maintenance

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Scotland's Councils are continuing to do what they can against the back drop of continued austerity and year on year cuts to our budgets.

"As our fair funding document launched yesterday shows, just to carry on providing the essential services we currently provide,local government needs a revenue increase of £545 million."

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Fri, 17/11/2017 - 18:00