Martin Ford 07 September 2020

Scottish councils release blueprint for change

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.

Key asks are laid out in the document to ‘empower’ local government in the ‘recovery and renewal process’ following the coronavirus lockdown.

Many of the asks are financial, warning the pandemic has ‘placed extreme pressure on already strained budgets’.

Chief among the demands is for a fiscal framework for councils, similar to that which underpins the devolved powers of the Scottish Government.

COSLA also called for ‘longer-term certainty’ in funding to help budget-setting, the removal of council tax caps and powers for discretionary taxation.

The report added: ‘Without proper resourcing we will see reductions in spending and inevitable cuts to services, furthering the inequalities exposed by the pandemic and putting at risk the very recovery we seek.’

COSLA is also asking for ringfencing within education funding to be ‘reversed’ to enable more flexibility.

COSLA vice-president, Cllr Graham Houston, said: ‘The blueprint we are launching today provides a narrative around the kind of country we want and about the changes that could make a real difference to communities across the country.

‘We have proved our worth, we will continue to deliver and our blueprint is the menu for change that local government now requires.’

For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Administration Officer

The Coal Authority
£19,137 to £21,264
To apply please click the Apply Now link below. Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Recuriter: The Coal Authority

Programme Assistant

City of York Council
£11.37 per hour
We are WorkwithYork and we are working with our client to find a Programme Assistant working with the Homes for Ukraine project. York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

IT Security Manager

City of Bradford MDC
£42,614 - £47,665 pa
This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic IT Security Manager Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of Bradford MDC

Recovery Support Worker x 3

Wakefield Council
£12,963.50 - 14,113.00
We are seeking to appoint suitably skilled, motivated and caring recovery support workers Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Wakefield Council

Transport Craftsperson

Wakefield Council
£25,927.00 - £28,226.00
You will be joining us at a very exciting time as we move to Featherstone later this year to a state of the art fleet maintenance facility Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Wakefield Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.