COSLA Responds to SPICe Report on Local Government Funding

In response to a report from the independent Scottish Parliament's Information Centre (SPICe) that highlighted a decrease in local government funding over several years, COSLA Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: 

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Wed, 03/07/2019 - 10:08

COSLA comment on local funding report

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "COSLA has long said that the current model for funding local government is not sustainable.

"We reiterated this point in our essential services campaign during last year’s Spending Review negotiations.

"For these reasons we welcome today’s report, undoubtedly there is a funding issue for local government and we are happy to engage in any debate that gives us more funding and flexibility to deliver essential services for our communities."

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Mon, 15/04/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on the Accounts Commission report on safeguarding public money

Councillor Alison Evison, COSLA President said: "Today’s (Thursday) report from the Accounts Commission is a timely reminder of the many and varied pressures on Local Government.  However it is also worth noting that to date councils have carried out their scrutiny duties well, despite also facing increasing demands and reducing resources.

"Scotland’s councillors appreciate their role and duty in safeguarding public money and take it seriously.

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Thu, 11/04/2019 - 00:01

COSLA comment on business rates

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "COSLA welcomed the powers to reduce business rates under the Community Empowerment Act. However as we cautioned at the time, Councils could only introduce rates reliefs where these could be afforded and with significant cuts to core budgets, Councils are facing unprecedented pressure to protect essential services.
"Nonetheless Councils seek to work with the business community to tackle the challenges which our town centres face."
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Thu, 04/04/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on Brexit

"There is no doubt that Councils are incurring significant additional costs right now in preparation for Brexit.
"Our budget settlement made no mention of it including additional revenue to meets these costs and we have therefore requested financial support from Scottish Government."
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Wed, 03/04/2019 - 17:00

Council Leaders avert strike action

Scotland’s council leaders have today (Friday) voted in favour of offering a revised pay offer to the teaching workforce at a COSLA meeting in East Lothian.


COSLA Resources Spokesperson, Councillor Gail Macgregor said:


“I am pleased that council leaders have today reached a pay agreement with Scotland’s teachers and avoided the threat of industrial action.


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Fri, 29/03/2019 - 15:31

Councils continue to perform well for communities however pressures are starting to bite

Scotland’s Councils have done a very good job in delivering essential services for their communities in light of increased demand for services. They are very aware, however, of the increasing challenges ahead as budget pressures begin to bite, as a new report out today (Wednesday) highlights.

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Wed, 06/02/2019 - 01:01

COSLA comment on Local Government Pension Scheme

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "There is no LGPS merger proposed. all that’s happening is a consultation on structure options is taking place. COSLA has responded but we don’t have anything further to say at this stage."

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Thu, 10/01/2019 - 18:00

COSLA comment on AASC contract

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "The new AASC contract starts in September 2019 and there will be a period of transition to the new contracts prior to this.

"Glasgow is currently the only Local Authority area within Scotland that is an asylum dispersal area."
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Thu, 10/01/2019 - 18:00

COSLA response to EIS ballot

Responding to the outcome of the EIS ballot today (Tuesday) which has rejected the Employers pay offer, COSLA Resources Spokesperson, Councillor Gail Macgregor said:

"I want to make it crystal clear to the entire teaching workforce that Local Government hugely values and respects them and the incredible work they do every day in schools throughout Scotland to educate and support our children and young people.

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Tue, 20/11/2018 - 18:10