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

Councils accept government funding deal but warn of future cuts

All 32 of Scotland’s local authorities have agreed to a funding arrangement from the Scottish Government worth £10.3 billion, though many have warned of the need to cut services and jobs to make the deal work.

Published 10 February 2016

Deadline looms for councils to accept government funding deal

Councils have until the end of today to decide whether to accept a funding deal from the Scottish Government.

Published 9 February 2016

Relationships ‘at a new low’ as councils reject Local Government Finance Settlement

A vote by Scotland’s local authorities to reject the package of measures put forward for Scottish local government takes relationships to a new low, according to Fife Council.

Published 1 February 2016

Scottish Welfare Fund tops £81m of support for vulnerable households

More than 178,000 vulnerable households, including around 59,000 families with children, have received essential help to buy everyday products through the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Published 27 January 2016

Swinney urges councils to accept ‘challenging but fair’ funding settlement

Finance secretary John Swinney held talks with council representatives yesterday as he sought to finalise the Local Government Finance Settlement.

Published 27 January 2016

Cross-party tax commission publishes local taxation report

The Commission on Local Tax Reform has published a new report recommending the abolition and replacement of the current council tax system.

Published 15 December 2015

John Swinney urges Chancellor to consider social housing during Autumn Statement

Deputy first minister John Swinney has highlighted social housing as an area of concern as Chancellor George Osborne prepares to deliver his Autumn Statement later this week.

Published 23 November 2015

Panel revealed for independent planning review

The members of an independent panel set up to carry out a “game-changing review” of Scotland’s planning system have been announced by social justice secretary Alex Neil.

Published 18 September 2015

All Scottish councils pledge to welcome refugees from Syria

Scotland's 32 local authorities have agreed to welcome refugees as part of the nation’s efforts to tackle to the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Published 18 September 2015

Scottish draft budget to be delayed

The Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2016-17 will not be published until after the UK government’s spending review in late November, it has emerged.

Published 1 September 2015

Over 150,000 households given Scottish Welfare Fund assistance

More than 150,000 vulnerable households, including around 50,000 families with children, have received essential help to buy everyday products like nappies, food and cookers through the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Published 28 July 2015

Council tax commission calls for evidence

The Scottish Government's Commission on Local Tax Reform has appealed to the public and interested organisations to submit evidence on the future of local government funding.

Published 6 May 2015