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

New homelessness guide published for Scottish councils

A guide for Scotland’s 32 local authorities has been published today summarising more than 100 recommendations from the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) after it was reconvened by the Scottish Government in response to the pandemic.

Published 6 November 2020

Night shelters to be replaced with rapid rehousing welcome centres

Night shelters across Scotland will be replaced with rapid rehousing welcome centres for people who would otherwise be sleeping rough this winter, in the Scottish Government's updated plans for tackling homelessness.

Published 9 October 2020

Scottish Government announces new grant for those in isolation

People on low incomes will be eligible to receive a new £500 grant from the Scottish Government if asked to self-isolate.

Published 1 October 2020

New commitment to prioritise fair work practices during economic recovery

Business groups, trades unions and leaders from local government and the third sector have committed to putting fair work at the heart of Scotland’s economic recovery.

Published 20 July 2020

Scotland’s coastal communities to receive £9.7m in funding

Coastal communities across Scotland will receive £9.7 million of revenue generated by the Scottish Crown Estate’s marine assets, providing vital support for responding to the impact of coronavirus.

Published 14 July 2020

Councils to share additional £257m to help tackle COVID-19

Councils across Scotland are to receive a share of £257.6 million of additional funding from the Scottish Government.

Published 24 June 2020

Joint letter to housing sector on voids processing

A letter has been issued to the housing sector on the importance of bringing empty properties back into use and support for victims of domestic abuse during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Published 1 June 2020

New domestic abuse guidance and support for councils

Councils will get more support to deal with increased levels of domestic abuse and gender-based violence during the coronavirus outbreak, the Scottish Government has announced.

Published 20 May 2020

18,000 businesses benefit from coronavirus support grants

More than £215 million has been awarded to over 18,000 Scottish business ratepayers in just two weeks to help firms combat the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, new figures have revealed.

Published 20 April 2020

Immediate wage increase and sick pay provision for social care staff

Social care staff are to receive an immediate 3.3% pay increase backdated from April 1.

Published 14 April 2020

Scottish Government offers emergency help for worse affected by coronavirus

People most at risk from the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak are to receive further support following emergency investment in crucial services and £30 million of new investment from the Scottish Government Food Fund.

Published 7 April 2020

Council budgets 'at breaking point', warns COSLA

Years without fair funding for local government in Scotland has meant that councils' budgets are at breaking point, COSLA president Alison Evison has warned.

Published 7 January 2020