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National care service overhaul fails to charm councils


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

Scottish Budget 'not good' for communities


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

Regulator calls for 'substantial' planning intervention


The planning system requires ‘substantial intervention’ by the Government to ensure consistent delivery of new homes, a major study has concluded.

Council rejects tax freeze offer


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

Orkney names Scotland's youngest council leader


Orkney Islands Council has appointed Cllr Heather Woodbridge as Scotland's youngest local authority leader.

Scotland’s public services ‘crumbling’


Scots have observed worsening poverty and public services are failing to address social problem, according to a new report.

Scottish council chiefs call for £45m uplift guarantee


Leaders in Scotland have called for a guarantee the £45m Barnett consequentials from a £600m increase to the English finance settlement will be passed on.

Scotland’s homelessness system 'at risk of failure'


Scotland’s homelessness system is on the brink of collapse, according to the country’s housing watchdog.

Edinburgh first to enforce pavement parking ban


Edinburgh City Council has become the first local authority in Scotland to enforce a ban on pavement parking.

Council leaders demand right to set tax levels


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.

Argyll and Bute considers 10% council tax hike


Argyll and Bute Council are considering a council tax rise of 10% in order to tackle ‘enormous budget challenges’.

Scottish councils face ‘difficult decisions’ on cuts


‘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


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


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


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.

Council tax freeze costs Scottish Government £300m


Fully funding local authorities for Scotland’s council tax freeze contributes significantly to the £1.5bn shortfall facing Holyrood, experts have warned.

Quarter of Scottish councils fear bankruptcy


Nearly a quarter of Scottish councils fear they will be unable to balance their budget next year, new research shows.

COSLA ramps up Budget lobbying


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


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


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

School staff strike amid pay dispute


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

Glasgow clean air bid gets all clear


A legal challenge to Glasgow's Low Emission Zone (LEZ) from a local business has failed.

How AI surveys show councils need a new approach on litter


Gavin Ellis, co-founder and director of Hubbub, discusses how litter survey projects on Glasgow and Cardiff roads suggest that a new approach is needed by local authorities.

‘No agreement’ with Scottish councils to freeze council tax


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


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


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.

Rethinking council tax in Scotland


Alison Payne, research director of Reform Scotland, argues that it is past time for a major rethink of council tax in Scotland.

Calls to scrap council tax hike as consultation closes


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

Glasgow to pilot drug consumption facility


A safe drug consumption facility is set to be trialled in Glasgow after the lord advocate said she did not believe it would be in the public interest to prosecute users of drug consumption rooms for simple possession offences.

Council tax reforms divide sector


Scottish local authorities have been left deeply divided by proposals to hike council tax on higher bands.

Edinburgh removes religious reps’ voting rights


The City of Edinburgh Council has voted to end voting privileges for unelected religious appointees on its cabinet and education committees.

Quarter of jobs go unfilled at Scottish councils


Almost a quarter of job vacancies at Scotland’s councils were not filled last year, according to new figures obtained by the Scottish Conservatives.

Union issues safety warning as Glasgow ‘slashes’ number of CCTV staff


Glasgow City Council has halved the number of staff it employs to monitor CCTV cameras in order to cut costs.

Perth & Kinross in global first


Perth & Kinross Council has become the first place in the world to use spiral-flow battery technology to reduce its carbon footprint.

Councillor charged over child grooming allegations


A Scottish Labour councillor has been suspended from the party after he was charged over allegations of child grooming.

School staff at 10 Scottish councils to strike


Local authority employees in schools and early years provisions across Scotland will strike for two days next month, GMB Scotland has announced.

Boycott Bill faces Scottish opposition


The UK Government’s planned ban on council boycotts is facing opposition from Holyrood.

Thousands of education workers vote to strike in Scotland


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

Holyrood announces £3.2m fund to tackle loneliness


More than 50 projects that are tackling social isolation and loneliness in Scotland have received a share of a new multi-million-pound fund.

Plans to increase Scottish council tax published


The Scottish government has published its proposals to increase council tax for those living in the highest value properties.

Scottish council staff will not move to care boards


Holyrood says that staff will still be employed by councils rather than being transferred to care boards when the National Care Service (NCS) is established.

Scottish councils reach participatory budgets target


Scottish councils have achieved a target of spending 1% of their budgets through the participatory budgeting process.

COSLA and Holyrood strike 'landmark' deal


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

Council to meet to discuss independence from UK


Orkney Islands Council will meet this week to discuss potential independence from the UK as it seeks to improve its financial position amid revenue challenges.

Fly-tipping fines to more than double in Scotland


Fines for fly-tipping will more than double to £500 as part of ‘bold action’ to reduce waste dumped in Scotland.

Auditors call on Scottish councils to ‘radically change’


Scotland’s local authorities need to ‘radically change’ how they operate if they are to improve service delivery, auditors say.

Scottish councils ‘uniquely placed’ to assist reform


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


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

Holyrood consults on 20-minute neighbourhoods


People in Scotland are being asked for their views on how to improve the planning system.

Scottish council leaders and police strengthen collaboration


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

COSLA welcomes plans to double tax on empty homes


Councils in Scotland could soon be able to charge up to double the full rate of council tax on empty and second homes, the Scottish government has announced.

Glasgow gets UKIB help on metro financing


Glasgow City Council and the UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB) have agreed a project that seeks to accelerate the development of the Clyde Metro.

Glasgow seeks more powers


Glasgow is to formally approach Holyrood and Westminster for more powers to help revitalise its city centre.

Progress on homelessness in Scotland at risk, warn housing experts


Progress on homelessness at risk without continued focus on a scheme to provide accommodation quickly, according to housing experts in Scotland.

Grievance forces Scottish councils to increase pay for chiefs


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

Councils benefit from Holyrood windfall


Scottish authorities are to receive an extra £100m funding in a last-minute addition to Holyrood’s Budget.

Teaching unions’ rejection of pay offer ‘disappointing'


Local government leaders in Scotland have described the teaching unions’ rejection of their latest pay offer as ‘very disappointing’.

Scottish council leaders agree new teacher pay offer


Council leaders in Scotland have agreed on a new pay offer for teachers which it hopes will end the current industrial action.

Council benefits teams struggling, auditors warn


People are waiting longer for housing benefit claims while Scotland’s councils face soaring workloads, fewer staff and high absence levels, auditors warn.

Aberdeenshire Council accepts £20m levelling up grant


Aberdeenshire Council has accepted a £20m grant from the UK Government’s levelling up fund.

‘Alarming’ figures reveal one third of fly-tipping in Glasgow


Almost one third of recorded fly-tipping incidents in Scotland last year took place in Glasgow, a freedom of information request has revealed.

Holyrood accused of ‘massive contradiction’ over cuts


Scottish council leaders have accused the Edinburgh government of cutting their funding while at the same time forcing them to provide extra services.

Council brands £500,000 vandalism bill ‘disappointing’


A repair bill to deal with vandalism at public buildings totalling nearly £500,000 has been branded as ‘disappointing’ by Aberdeen City Council.

Scottish councils call for ‘whole system’ approach to care


Urgent investment and a ‘whole system’ approach are needed to make progress developing the social care workforce, COSLA has warned.

Scottish councils take legal advice over teacher cuts


Scottish councils are taking legal advice on the SNP government’s threat to penalise them if they cut teacher numbers.

Holyrood to order councils to stop teacher cuts


The Scottish government is considering ordering councils to stop cutting teacher numbers after local government body COSLA expressed concerns over funding.

Holyrood urged to empower councils to reach net zero


Scotland will not reach its net zero targets without first empowering the local government sector, MSPs have warned.

Scottish regeneration projects to receive £27m


Regeneration projects in disadvantaged and rural communities across Scotland are set to receive a share of almost £27m of funding, Holyrood announces.

Holyrood accused of ‘confusing’ council funding claims


Local authority leaders in Scotland have accused the Scottish government of ‘confusing’ the public over local government spending and called for ‘clarity’.

Scotland's councils face toughest spending choices in years, says watchdog


Scottish councils face their most difficult spending choices in years, according to the official watchdog.

Labour outlines huge devolution push


Labour proposes removing ‘dead hand of centralisation’ by devolving to local government wide-ranging powers over employment, growth, transport and education.

Scottish council chiefs issue SOS call


Local authority leaders in Scotland today launched a campaign ahead of the Scottish budget calling on Holyrood to Save our Services.

Council celebrates launch of first drone logistics hub


Planning permission for the UK’s first drone logistics hub at Oban Airport has been granted the local council has announced.

Wage settlement to add to pressure on Scottish councils


Scottish councils dealing with soaring inflation and pay rises can hope to preserve their road networks but bus services likely to be cut, key figure warns.

Plans floated to tackle secure children's home shortage


Plans have been floated for a secure children’s home that could be used by councils across London.

Holyrood announces £35m of extra funding


The Scottish government has announced £35m of funding to help tackle budget pressures caused by rising inflation and economic uncertainty.

Scottish survey reveals strong commitment to local elections


The vast majority of Scots believe it is important to vote in local council elections, a survey of social attitudes in Scotland has revealed.

Edinburgh Council apologises for colonial past


Edinburgh Council has apologised on behalf of the city for its past role in sustaining slavery and colonialism.

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


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 leaders criticise ‘disruptive’ care plans


Council leaders in Scotland have criticized the Scottish government’s National Care Service proposals, which they argue will divert funding from social care.

Glasgow and Aberdeen to get new electric buses


First Bus Scotland is to spend £35m on 74 new electric buses and infrastructure, taking emission free buses in Aberdeen to more than 50% of the city’s fleet.

Record number of Scottish school buildings rated ‘good’


A record number of school buildings across Scotland are in a good or satisfactory condition, Holyrood has reported.

Victims of child abuse sent to care homes 350 miles away


Local authorities in England and Wales are being forced to send some of the most vulnerable children to care homes in Scotland, new research has revealed.

Scottish council workers reject 5% pay offer


Waste service workers will today go on strike across 14 local authority areas in Scotland after Unite the union rejected a 5% pay offer.

Scottish councils legally required to offer free period products


Scotland today became the first country in the world to protect in law the right to access free period products.

Scottish nurseries face financial ‘uncertainty’


Nurseries across Scotland have urged councils to make a decision on the hourly rates they will pay to early learning and childcare providers.

Holyrood launches £500,000 scheme to boost zero-carbon bus sector


The Scottish government has launched a £500,000 scheme aimed at helping local authorities and smaller operators work towards a zero-carbon bus sector.

Scottish council with £14m budget gap warns of cuts


West Dunbartonshire Council leader Martin Rooney has warned of impending public service cuts due to the local authority’s £14m budget gap.

Recycling projects in Scotland to receive £3.4m boost


Three Scottish councils are set to receive a boost in their recycling services thanks to a £3.4m investment from Holyrood’s Recycling Improvement Fund.

Council workers in Scotland vote for strike action


Thousands of Scottish council workers have voted to strike in a dispute over the offered pay rise.

Seven more Scottish councils make Adult Disability Payment available


The Adult Disability Payment is now available in seven more council areas in Scotland ahead of national roll out on 29 August.

Scottish council to deliver school meals by drone


Pupils in remote parts of Argyll and Bute on the west coast of Scotland could soon have their school meals delivered by drone.

Affordable homes target reached in Scotland


The Scottish Government has reached its target of delivering 50,000 affordable homes.

Scots councils face four years of cuts


Scottish councils face four years of cuts under Spending Review plans outlined by Scotland’s finance minister Kate Forbes.

Councils urged to draw on crisis management skills


Scotland’s councils should draw on their COVID-19 experiences when handling the new challenges posed by service backlogs and rising inflation, watchdog says.

'Battle-ready’ union warns Scottish council leaders of summer strikes


Unite the union yesterday told all new council leaders at Scottish local authorities to take ‘immediate action’ to improve pay or see strikes this summer.

All regions told to take asylum seekers


All regions of England, Scotland and Wales will be expected to take a share of asylum seekers under a new system of ‘full dispersal,’ the Government has told councils.

Government unveils £2.6bn UK Shared Prosperity Fund


The Scottish Government has said it has been short-changed by its allocation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Scottish local road backlog 'close to £1.7bn'


Scottish government has insisted it provides enough funding for councils after the cost of repairing the country’s local roads was estimated at almost £1.7bn.

Uncertain future for Scottish councils' finances


The Accounts Commission found councils were grappling with funding reductions and restrictions as they prepare to meet significant challenges.

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