COSLA

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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