COSLA calls for ‘holistic approach’ to fire safety

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has highlighted a number of difficulties surrounding plans to install sprinklers into all social housing residences and instead called for a holistic approach to be taken to fire safety.

Published 18 April 2018

Scottish Government accepts recommendations to end rough sleeping

New recommendations to ensure the commitment to eradicate rough sleeping in Scotland have been accepted in principle by the Scottish Government.

Published 7 March 2018

Calls to let councils implement a 'tourist tax'

Scottish Labour has urged the Scottish Government to take steps to introduce a tourist tax in Scotland after COSLA unanimously backed the plans.

Published 27 February 2018

COSLA issues plea for additional resources for public pay rises

Scotland’s councils have pledged to full press the Scottish Government to make sure that additional resources for local government are built into future budgets.

Published 19 February 2018

Councils continue to perform well for communities despite reduced spending

Scotland’s local authorities continue to perform well for their communities in terms of service delivery despite a sharp reduction in their finances, according to a new report.

Published 13 February 2018

Local authorities ‘not fulfilling statutory homeless obligations’

Councils in Scotland are failing in their legal obligation to accommodation for people who are at risk of homelessness with many people being unlawfully turned away, according to an investigation by BBC Scotland.

Published 9 February 2018

Greens secure Budget increase for councils and housing improvements

Extra money to insulate homes and a real terms increase in revenue investment for local authorities were amongst the amendments made to the Scottish budget yesterday as finance secretary Derek Mackay reached an agreement that will see the financial plan passed at all stages by the Scottish Parliament.

Published 1 February 2018

New Scottish refugee integration strategy launched

A new strategy has been developed with the help of more than 700 asylum seekers and refugees to help them settle into communities across Scotland.

Published 10 January 2018

Social Security Bill endorsed by Holyrood as framework agreement reached with COSLA

Legislation to set up a Scottish social security agency passed its first hurdle at the Scottish Parliament yesterday as MSPs unanimously agreed the general principles of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill.

Published 20 December 2017

Councils lauded for humanitarian efforts as Scotland welcomes 2000th Syrian refugee

Scotland’s local authorities have been praised for their work to provide a safe home for refugee families as the country marked the arrival of the 2000th refugee through the Syrian Resettlement Programme, three years ahead of schedule.

Published 19 December 2017

New action plan to improve social care workforce planning

A nation plan has been published which aims to improve workforce planning and showcase innovations in social care.

Published 18 December 2017

Budget: ‘Difficult times set to continue’ after local government funding settlement

The “really difficult times” faced by local government over the last few years will remain into the future despite a more measured approach by the Scottish Government in delivering the local government settlement for next year, according to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).

Published 15 December 2017

Budget needs to address Scotland’s £1 billion social care gap, charity warns

Extra funding of a billion pounds over the next three years is needed to address the gap of funding that exists in social care in Scotland today, MSPs heard this week.

Published 14 December 2017

Local Governance Review launched to strengthen local decision making

A Local Governance Review has been launched to allow communities to have their say on how more decisions can be taken at a local level.

Published 8 December 2017

Local authorities could run out of cash reserves in two years, report warns

Councils are showing increasing signs of financial stress and could see their cash reserves run out in two to three years, the local authority watchdog has warned.

Published 28 November 2017