Well-resourced councils crucial to inclusive economic growth

The membership body for Scotland’s councils has highlighted the role of local authorities in creating and supporting economic growth that works for all of our citizens. The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has cautioned that, without adequate funding, local authorities’ role in encouraging and developing local inclusive economic growth will be undermined.

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Tue, 14/01/2020 - 09:33

COSLA comment on fuel resilience and Brexit

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Scotland’s Councils continue to plan and make contingency arrangements for as many ‘impact of Brexit’ Scenarios as they can. Specifically in terms of fuel resilience LAs are also in regular contact with officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy."

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Fri, 13/09/2019 - 16:00

COSLA comment on Council funding

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Distribution of funding is a joint process between Scottish Government and Local Government. Whilst complex, it is largely based on the principle of using needs based indicators, such as but not limited to population, to allocate the Local Government settlement between the 32 local authorities. 
"This system is underpinned by joint Scottish Government and Local Government officer and political governance.
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Mon, 19/08/2019 - 16:00

COSLA comment on Common Good Funds

A COSLA Spokesperson said:
"Underpinned by the Community Empowerment Act and wider legislation, local authorities will consult with and involve communities in all aspects of the administration of Common Good Funds.
"This includes publishing clear lists of what Common Good assets are, consulting where the use of Common Good assets is proposed to change, and consultation when it is proposed a Common Good asset is to be disposed of.
"Increasingly under the Community Empowerment Act, disposing of an asset can mea
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Thu, 15/08/2019 - 16:00

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 - 09:08

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 - 16:00

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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Wed, 10/04/2019 - 23:01

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 - 16:00

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 - 16:00

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 - 14:31