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Scottish councils face £585m funding gap

14/05/2024

Council leaders across Scotland have called on Holyrood to find a ‘meaningful solution’ to the half a billion pound shortfall faced by local government.

UNISON: Council employers ‘miles away’ from acceptable pay offer

13/05/2024

Local authority workers in Scotland are considering strike action because ‘employers are miles away from offering anything staff are likely to accept’.

National care service overhaul fails to charm councils

28/02/2024

Councils in Scotland remain unconvinced by proposals to create a national care service.

Scottish Budget 'not good' for communities

28/02/2024

Next year’s Scottish Budget is ‘not good’ for communities, council leaders have said.

Council rejects tax freeze offer

23/02/2024

Argyll and Bute Council has become the first to reject the Scottish Government’s council tax freeze.

Council leaders demand right to set tax levels

26/01/2024

Local authority leaders in Scotland have renewed their fight to set their own council taxes – despite the pledge of a freeze by first minister Humza Yousaf.

Scottish councils face ‘difficult decisions’ on cuts

16/01/2024

‘Intensifying pressures’ on Scottish local authorities mean they must make difficult decisions on service delivery to remain financially sustainable, a watchdog has said.

Scottish budget ‘missed opportunity’ for reform

03/01/2024

The Scottish budget is a ‘missed opportunity’ for delivering on public service reform, local authority leaders in Scotland have told Holyrood.

Council tax freeze to cost £156m

02/01/2024

Scottish councils face a real terms cut of up to £156m next year as a result of the council tax freeze, new research has found.

Scottish councils get £14bn boost

19/12/2023

Local government in Scotland is set to benefit from a £14bn boost but council tax will be frozen despite criticisms of the plan by local authority leaders.

COSLA ramps up Budget lobbying

04/12/2023

Well-funded councils are the key to unlocking the potential within Scotland’s communities, town hall leaders have claimed ahead of the country’s budget.

Unison members accept ‘long overdue’ pay offer

27/11/2023

Council chiefs in Scotland have welcomed a decision by Unison members to accept the latest offer in a long running pay dispute.

New offer in pay dispute

03/11/2023

More money has been offered in the hope of averting strike action by Scottish Unison members.

School staff strike amid pay dispute

01/11/2023

Schools in parts of Scotland were closed on Wednesday as non-teaching staff went on strike in an ongoing dispute over local government pay.

‘No agreement’ with Scottish councils to freeze council tax

18/10/2023

The decision to freeze council tax across Scotland was made ‘completely without reference to local government’, according to council bosses.

Unison rejects Scotland’s 10% pay offer

16/10/2023

Unison members in Scotland today rejected local government employers’ latest pay deal, which would have seen the lowest-paid staff receive a 10% wage boost.

Unite suspends strike

22/09/2023

The trade union Unite has suspended a planned three-day strike across education and local government in Scotland after receiving a ‘serious’ pay offer from employers.

Calls to scrap council tax hike as consultation closes

20/09/2023

Councils should have complete control over their local tax, thinktank Reform Scotland has said in response to plans to increase council tax across Scotland.

Unions reject latest COSLA offer

14/09/2023

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has warned trade unions face a choice between ‘real cuts to jobs and services’ and increased pay.

Thousands of education workers vote to strike in Scotland

07/08/2023

Thousands of workers in education and early years services across 10 local authority areas in Scotland have voted to go on strike.

COSLA and Holyrood strike 'landmark' deal

03/07/2023

A pledge for greater fiscal control for councils has been made in a ‘landmark agreement’ between national and local government in Scotland.

Care homes 'at risk of closure'

25/05/2023

Care homes in Scotland have warned they are at risk of closure as they rejected a 6% fee increase from councils.

Scottish councils ‘uniquely placed’ to assist reform

17/05/2023

Councils are well-placed to deliver the key aims of Scotland’s government – such as tackling child poverty and net zero – but need funding, experts warn.

'Widespread industrial action' warning

10/05/2023

Unite has warned the Scottish Government and employers there ‘could be widespread industrial action’ without a ‘significant increase’ to the current pay offer.

Scottish council leaders and police strengthen collaboration

18/04/2023

Local authority leaders in Scotland have agreed four key priority areas to strengthen collaboration between local government and policing.

COSLA announces new chief executive

27/03/2023

The national association of Scottish councils today announced a new chief executive.

Grievance forces Scottish councils to increase pay for chiefs

03/03/2023

Scottish councils have been forced to axe the pay cap on chief executives after a successful grievance was raised.

Scottish council chiefs warn care reforms could cost 75,000 jobs

12/10/2022

Local authority leaders and unions in Scotland today joined forces to oppose plans to centralise the delivery of care, which they argue could cost 75,000 jobs.

Scottish council workers consider 7.5% pay offer

05/09/2022

Strikes that would have affected schools and waste services across a number of council areas in Scotland have been suspended as workers consider pay offer.

Scottish councils pledge to deploy staff and capacity to social care services

13/01/2022

Scottish councils have warned some services may be paused or reduced in order to protect critical social care services.

Call to pay councillors the Real Living Wage

10/01/2022

Cosla has called for councillors to be paid the Real Living Wage of £9.90 per hour as a minimum.

Scottish settlement ‘worst seen’ by leaders

23/12/2021

Council leaders in Scotland are demanding a meeting with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over funding for next year.

Scottish councils need extra £1bn to 'survive'

16/11/2021

Councils in Scotland need more than an extra £1bn a year just to survive, a new briefing has warned.

Scottish union to hold nationwide strike ballot

24/08/2021

Councils in Scotland have been put on notice as Unison ballots members over industrial action.

Unions reject Scots pay offer

06/04/2021

Trade unions in Scotland have formally rejected employers’ pay offer of an £800 lower-rate pay rise for 2021, dismissing the sum as an unacceptably poor response to staff efforts during COVID-19.

COSLA calls on all parties to make commitment to local government

23/02/2021

Scottish councils have urged all political parties to give local government ‘the place and respect it deserves’ in their manifestos.

Scottish Budget 'falls short'

29/01/2021

The Scottish Government’s £11.6bn budget ‘falls short of the fair funding local government requires,’ councils have said.

Scottish councils' cost call

27/01/2021

Scottish local authorities have called for the costs of COVID-19 to be met by the Government north of the border.

Scottish councils call for fair funding to avoid 'damaging consequences'

12/01/2021

Council leaders in Scotland have called for an end of small ring-fenced pots of funding and no cap on council tax in this year’s Budget.

Scots union calls for urgent meeting to address funding

30/10/2020

Unison Scotland has called for an urgent meeting with Scottish finance secretary Kate Forbes in a bit to address the growing finance crisis.

Scottish councils release blueprint for change

07/09/2020

A local government blueprint laying out the changes required to unlock councils’ full potential has been published by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) today.

Local government associations pledge to tackle abuse of councillors

10/08/2020

The UK's four local government associations have pledged to work together to tackle the rise in abuse targeted at elected members.

Scots councils to get COVID cash top up

23/06/2020

The Scottish Parliament has agreed to top up its funding to councils to deal with the coronavirus crisis.

Call for lifting of immigration rules

20/04/2020

Council leaders in England, Scotland and Wales have called for a temporary lifting of the immigration rules that stop some migrants accessing public funds.

Scottish councils warn budget will 'devastate communities'

18/02/2020

Councils in Scotland have warned that efforts to tackle child poverty, climate change or deliver inclusive growth are at risk under the draft budget.

Scottish council chiefs warn budgets at ‘breaking point’

06/01/2020

Local authority leaders in Scotland have today warned Holyrood that council budgets are at ‘breaking point’.

Nearly £1bn cut from Scottish authorities in past eight years

05/02/2019

Funding cuts are finally beginning to take their toll as Scottish councils can no longer protect services, according to report published today.

Tax reforms and £90m secured in Scottish budget deal

31/01/2019

A £90m windfall for local authorities and moves to reform council tax have been pledged by the Scottish Government.

Unions offered new pay rise to avert strike action

14/09/2018

A new pay offer has been put forward by councils in Scotland in a bid to avert industrial action.

Union rejects Scottish councils' pay offer

20/06/2018

Members of the GMB Scotland trade union have rejected the Scottish local government pay offer, potentially sparking industrial action.

Scottish government under pressure over council pay

22/01/2018

Scotland’s Government is under pressure to reverse planned council budget cuts after MSPs warned ministers created an ‘expectation’ town hall staff would receive pay hikes.

Participatory budgeting given go ahead in Scotland

30/10/2017

Residents in Scotland will be given a say in how £100m of council funds are to be used after a ‘landmark’ agreement was reached between the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

Council considers rejoining COSLA

30/09/2016

The leader of South Lanarkshire Council said he was reconsidering rejoining the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) after it broke away last year.

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