COSLA comment on workforce guidance

COSLA has been urging Scottish Government to provide guidance to the Local Government workforce for the range of essential services it provides and we are pleased that this has now been done. We recognise that this is a very worrying time for the workforce and COSLA has been working closely with our Trade Union partners to develop FAQs which the workforce can easily access. The guidance and FAQs are science led and designed to give our valued Local Government Workforce the reassurance that they both want and deserve at this time.  

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Thu, 02/04/2020 - 19:50

COSLA calls on Scottish Government to increase Local Government budget

COSLA today (Wednesday) called on the Scottish Government to increase this year’s Scottish Local Government budget, should there be more money coming to Scotland as part of the UK Budget announcement.
The Budget statement will be made by Chancellor Rishi Sunak today (11 March).

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Wed, 11/03/2020 - 11:08

The budget reality is that a crisis remains

COSLA said it was disappointed that once again the Scottish Government has presented a Budget for Local Government that looks much better than the reality behind the figures.

Speaking this afternoon following the Scottish Government’s (Thursday) Budget announcement, COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said:

“On the face of it this looks like a good Budget for Local Government with a cash increase of £495million and whilst we acknowledge this money, the reality behind this figure unfortunately is quite different.

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Thu, 06/02/2020 - 19:02

Independent report shows need for real investment in Local Government

The Local Government Benchmark Framework Report released by the Improvement Service at the end of last week illustrates perfectly why the Scottish Government must invest in Scottish Local Government when they unveil their budget tomorrow COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said today (Wednesday).

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Wed, 05/02/2020 - 10:00

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 - 10:33

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 - 17:00

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 - 17:00

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 - 17:00

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 - 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