COSLA comment on building safety and cladding

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Councils take their Community Safety role very seriously. COSLA is actively engaged, and working with colleagues in Scottish Government and Fire and Rescue, alongside various other groups to do our utmost to ensure a tragedy like Grenfell Tower never occurs in Scotland.”

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Fri, 08/06/2018 - 17:00

COSLA response to the latest recommendations from homelessness action group

Councillor Elena Whitham, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson said:
"I would like to add my thanks once again to the action group for their continued focus on tackling rough sleeping and homelessness across Scotland. The focus in this latest set of recommendations on preventing the need for temporary accommodation and ensuring the right support is available quickly is something local government recognises as hugely important.

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Tue, 29/05/2018 - 13:01

Communities to shape democracy

People to have their say on Scotland’s public services.

People across Scotland are being invited to join a conversation about community decision-making to help make public services more locally focused.

The Democracy Matters conversation will identify new legal rights for communities which would place them at the heart of decision-making.

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Mon, 28/05/2018 - 00:01

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