COSLA conference: Ex-minister hints at council tax cap relaxation
A former SNP minister has suggested there could be a relaxation of the cap on council tax.
COSLA conference: Sturgeon promises 'biggest decentralisation of power' in two decades
The results of the Scottish Government’s local governance review will bring the ‘biggest decentralisation of power’ in the 20 years since devolution, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has promised.
COSLA conference: Minister 'totally understands' cuts complaints
Cabinet secretary for communities and local government, Aileen Campbell, has said she ‘totally understands’ complaints of ‘constant cuts’ from councils.
COSLA conference: 'Brexit could undermine good work by councils'
Brexit threatens to undermine the ‘good work’ being done by Scottish councils and the Scottish Government, cabinet secretary for communities and local government, Aileen Campbell has said.
COSLA conference: Ex-PM Brown says Scottish Government must do more on child poverty
Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has launched a scathing attack on the Scottish Government’s efforts to tackle the ‘nationwide epidemic’ of child poverty.
COSLA conference: 'Devolved powers have stopped at Holyrood'
It is a ‘sad paradox’ of devolution that powers handed to Scotland 20 years ago have stopped at Holyrood, the president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has said.
Councils and union clash over zero-hour contracts
Councils have insisted on keeping the option of zero-hour contracts as Unison prepares to push the sector’s associations to back a campaign to abolish them.
Funding pledged for Scottish councils to tackle period poverty
Councils in Scotland will receive £2m in funding to continue provision of free sanitary products in schools.
Council vows to challenge Government's data sharing rules
A Scottish council has vowed to challenge the Government’s restrictive rules on information sharing with local authorities.
Strike threat lifted after COSLA agrees to raise teachers' pay
The possibility of strike action by teachers has been averted after Scotland’s council leaders backed a pay deal.
Watchdog calls for 'transformational changes'
‘More fundamental, transformational changes are needed in service provision’ by Scottish councils, the chair of the Accounts Commission watchdog has said.
'Cuts begin to bite' for Scottish authorities
Funding cuts are finally beginning to take their toll as Scottish councils can no longer protect services, according to report published today.
Unions divided over Scottish councils' pay offer
Scottish local authorities’ latest pay offer has received a mixed reaction from union members.
Tax reforms and £90m secured in Scottish budget deal
A £90m windfall for local authorities and moves to reform council tax have been pledged by the Scottish Government.
Scottish Council leaders call for people’s vote
Council leaders in Scotland have backed the call for a second Brexit referendum.
Council tax hikes across the board in Scotland
All 32 Scottish councils have increased their council tax charges during 2018, as part of a strategy to manage their growing funding gaps, according to a report from the Accounts Commission.
Fresh funding plea amid union pressure
Council leaders have refreshed their appeal for extra resources from the Scottish Government under pressure from unions over pay.
COSLA calls for more cash from Scottish Government
Councils in Scotland have called for a 2.5% increase in funding.
Conference hears tourist tax call
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has used its annual conference to call for fiscal devolution, including a tourist tax.
Sturgeon: Council Brexit role essential
The role of councils in preparing for the ‘extremely serious consequences for communities across Scotland’ of Brexit will be essential, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.