Crisis launches major consultation on ending homelessness

National charity for homeless people Crisis is running a major consultation as part of its 50th anniversary year to develop a plan to end homelessness.

Published 2 October 2017

Welfare secretary to meet MSPs as Universal Credit concerns mount

The roll out of the devolution of welfare powers to Scotland and concerns over Universal Credit will be raised by the Scottish Parliament’s social security committee when it takes evidence from secretary of state for work and pensions David Gauke MP.

Published 2 October 2017

Henry McLeish heads new campaign to help influence new Planning Bill

An alliance of ten organisations from the planning and placemaking sector in Scotland has launched a new campaign to help influence new planning guidelines ahead of the upcoming Planning Bill.

Published 26 September 2017

More details emerge on new social security agency

Social security minister Jeane Freeman has outlined more details on Scotland’s new social security agency and provided an update on the Scottish Government’s progress to abolish the ‘bedroom tax’ at source and in delivering choice in Universal Credit.

Published 20 September 2017

Councils agree next steps to increasing benefit uptake

Social security minister Jeane Freeman met local councils yesterday to discuss the practical steps needed to encourage more people to claim the financial support they are entitled to.

Published 25 August 2017

Aberdeen City Council votes to rejoin COSLA

Aberdeen City Council has agreed to rejoin the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) after a two year absence.

Published 24 August 2017

COSLA calls for joined-up preventative approach to tackle homelessness

An integrated, whole-system approach which addresses social inequalities and goes beyond housing is required to prevent and respond to homelessness in Scotland, according to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).

Published 22 June 2017

Budget broadly welcomed by housing sector but fuel poverty funding ‘falls short’

The Scottish Government has reaffirmed its target to build 50,000 affordable homes and pledged more funding to offset the ‘bedroom tax’ though campaigners have criticised the Draft Budget for failing to provide the ambition required to crack the problem of Scotland’s inefficient homes.

Published 16 December 2016

Councils’ homelessness efforts ‘under threat’ from funding cuts

Scotland local authorities have warned that severe cuts to local government will threaten to undo the great efforts councils have made to tackle homelessness.

Published 7 December 2016

Further local government cuts will result ‘severe’ job losses, warns COSLA

Up to 7,000 jobs have gone in local authorities over the past year with thousands more at risk if there are any further cuts to local government funding, Scotland’s councils have warned.

Published 5 December 2016

Councils spend ‘hundreds of millions’ servicing £11.5bn of long-term debt

Scotland’s councils are spending more than half of the money they bring in from Council Tax simply to pay interest on debts, according to the Scottish Greens.

Published 16 November 2016

COSLA manifesto calls for revolution in local democracy

Local authorities across Scotland are calling on politicians from all parties to launch a revolution in local democracy within the first few months after May's Holyrood election.

Published 21 March 2016

Councils should not tackle budget challenges by imposing further cuts, warns Accounts Commission

Budget reductions mean starker choices ahead for Scotland’s councils which will not be met simply by continuing to cut staff and services, according to a new report.

Published 17 March 2016

New Housing Options guidance published

New guidance has been issued to support the development of Housing Options approaches in Scotland’s local authorities.

Published 4 March 2016

Council tax reform proposal branded ‘damp squib’ by COSLA

The Scottish Government has failed to deliver any meaningful change with its council tax reform proposals, according to COSLA.

Published 3 March 2016