Scotland: Government underestimated childcare funds
The Scottish Government has severely underestimated the money councils will need to fund the planned increased provision of childcare, the Audit Commission has warned.
Councils welcome SNP-Green deal
Councils have welcomed a deal between Holyrood finance secretary Derek Mackay and Scottish Greens, which claimed they had secured £170m extra cash for local authorities.
Don't take away our authority over schools, Scottish councils warn
Scottish councils have warned the Scottish Government against attempts to strip them of authority over schools, in a response to a consultation on the Education Bill.
Scottish government under pressure over council pay
Scotland’s Government is under pressure to reverse planned council budget cuts after MSPs warned ministers created an ‘expectation’ town hall staff would receive pay hikes.
Council could face £500m equal pay bill
Glasgow City Council could face a £500m pay-out after agreeing not to appeal to the Supreme Court against an equal pay ruling.
Scots Budget reveals plan to increase income tax bands
The Scottish Government has unveiled a draft budget which raises income tax in a bid to raise an extra £164m to pay for public services.
Scots must boost productivity to pay for public services
The Scottish Government will need a clear plan to support growth and productivity in its Budget this week if it is to pay for its public service commitments, an independent research unit has claimed.
Government urges councils to share asylum burden
The Government has urged councils to share the burden of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) despite offering no clarity of funding in return.
Scots councils welcome ALEO decision
Scottish councils have welcomed a decision to allow leisure and cultural venues run by local authority arm’s-length bodies to continue to benefit from rates relief.
'Big question marks' over financial sustainability
Public finance experts have warned there are ‘big question marks’ over the financial resilience of Scotland’s councils following a damning report by the Accounts Commission.
Councils dismayed by cultural blow
Leeds City Council’s leader has been left dismayed after the European Commission said a British city cannot be European Capital of Culture in 2023.
Participatory budgeting given go ahead in Scotland
Residents in Scotland will be given a say in how £100m of council funds are to be used after a ‘landmark’ agreement was reached between the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.
Black: Barclay Review was missed opportunity
Scotland’s Barclay Review into business rates was a ‘missed opportunity’ that did not go far enough, a former chief executive of Glasgow City Council has said.
Scottish councils want to continue working with the EU
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities met with the chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier to discuss its hopes to continue cooperating with the union after Brexit.
No council tax for care leavers
A charity has backed the Scottish Government’s decision to exempt care leavers from council tax.
Scottish councils given warning of further local cuts
Scottish Labour’s deputy leader has warned councils they face £800m more cuts to local services by 2021.
Care across the border: embracing the shared challenges
Dr Stephen Moir looks at the social care approaches across England and Scotland and argues there are shared challenges to tackle that both countries can learn from.
We can be the solution, not the problem
As the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities’ meets for its Annual Conference in Crieff this week, Les Sharp and Archie Dryburgh identify the three biggest challenges facing local authorities in Scotland and consider how to adapt for the future.
Warning for councils after wall collapse
Local authorities have been warned they must not ‘contract out’ the safety of new public buildings in a new report from the Scottish Parliament.
Ministers hand councils new education role
Scottish ministers have watered down plans to reduce council influence over schools.