COSLA calls for reversal of historic cuts to local government

Urgent action is required to address the consequences of real term cuts to the core budgets of Scotland’s 32 councils in recent years, COSLA has warned.

Published 16 November 2021

Mandatory measurement concerns raised as government confirms affordable housing investment benchmarks

The Scottish Government’s review of affordable housing investment benchmarks has resulted in a “welcome” increase in investment, but “significant concerns” remain regarding the government’s decision on continuous improvement and procurement.

Published 1 November 2021

Only improved local government pay offer can void strikes, unions warn

Scottish local government unions have suspended preparations for industrial action ballots of their memberships ahead of talks next week but have warned that COSLA must “make good” on an improved local government pay offer to avoid strikes.

Published 13 August 2021

Scottish Government announces school clothing grant

Eligible families can apply for a Scottish Government grant of at least £120 to help with the cost of school uniforms.

Published 6 July 2021

Landlords reaffirm commitment to avoiding evictions

Private and social landlords have signed new joint statements reaffirming their commitment to only take eviction action as a last resort.

Published 28 June 2021

Green Growth Accelerator launched to unlock £200m of low carbon investment

A new investment programme to help deliver Scotland’s just transition to a net zero emissions economy has been launched.

Published 9 June 2021

£20m fund unveiled to improve Gypsy/Traveller accommodation

Local authorities can now apply to a new £20 million fund launched by the Scottish Government which will help to provide more and better accommodation for Gypsy/Traveller communities.

Published 7 June 2021

Election: SNP’s 100,000 new homes promise to support 14,000 jobs a year

Nicola Sturgeon has committed to building 100,000 new homes in the next decade while also promising to support 14,000 jobs a year as part of Scotland’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic should the SNP be re-elected.

Published 29 March 2021

COSLA agrees Real Living Wage pay for social care workers

A commitment to ensure adult social care workers receive at least the Real Living Wage of £9.50 an hour has been agreed between the Scottish Government and COSLA.

Published 25 March 2021

Scots to have greater say in future of health and social care

The Scottish public will have a greater say in how major decisions around health and social care services are delivered in Scotland.

Published 15 March 2021

Scottish Government launches new digital inclusion strategy

An ambition to achieve ”world leading" levels of digital inclusion is at the heart of plans to equip Scotland for the technological transformation of the post-coronavirus world.

Published 12 March 2021

Accounts Commission: Covid-19 will 'intensify pressures' on council finances

Covid-19 will drive large rises in costs and spending combined with falling income for Scotland's local authorities, according to an overview of local government finances published today by the Accounts Commission.

Published 26 January 2021

COSLA: Scottish communities face 'damaging consequences' if fair funding settlement not agreed

Communities across Scotland will face unavoidable and damaging consequences if local government does not receive a fair funding settlement in this year’s budget, COSLA has warned.

Published 13 January 2021

Social landlords urged to keep Covid procedures under review

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has called on social landlords to remain vigilant in their quest to keep their staff and tenants safe during the ever-changing landscape of coronavirus protection procedures.

Published 12 January 2021

RSL chief executives sent joint letter from Scottish Government and COSLA on service delivery

The Scottish Government and COSLA have issued a joint letter to RSL CEOs on service delivery following the introduction of a new five-level system of measures to help tackle the spread of COVID-19.

Published 11 November 2020