An innovative project spearheaded by Fife Council in collaboration with Dundee City and Clackmannanshire Councils and WEA has been honoured with the Excellent People, Excellent Outcomes award at the COSLA Excellence Awards 2023.
The winners of COSLA's 2023 Excellence Awards were named last night at a ceremony at Crieff Hydro, Perthshire - celebrating the very best of Scottish local government. Argyll and Bute Council, Falkirk Council, Inverclyde Council, Orkney Islands Council, Renfrewshire Council, Stirling Council, West L
A new strategy will help Ukrainians living in Scotland to settle into communities and gain longer term housing. Developed by the Scottish Government in collaboration with the Scottish Refugee Council and COSLA, the Warm Scots Future paper sets out priorities for the next phase of Scotland’s Uk
Legislation that will allow local authorities to charge a premium of up to 100% on council tax for second homes under legislation with the aim of increasing the availability of housing has passed the consultation stage. If approved by Parliament, the secondary legislation would bring second homes in
A working group has been established to understand the extent that reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) has been used in social housing in Scotland with early indications that the use of the material is not widespread.
“Is Scotland Living Well Locally?” is the question that will be the subject of spirited debate and forensic examination when COSLA’s first in-person Annual Conference since 2019 takes place in Crieff next month. The COSLA Annual Conference will once again this year bring together a
Fifteen projects from eleven councils across Scotland have been announced as finalists for COSLA’s annual celebration of Scottish local government success. Scotland’s 32 councils were invited over the summer to submit entries to the 2023 Excellence Awards judging panel comprising a
Potential changes to the council tax system could see those in the highest value properties asked to pay more if they can afford to. A joint consultation with COSLA is seeking views on plans to increase the amount paid by people in bands E, F, G and H. This aims to address criticism that the system
Scotland's social housing sector is facing unprecedented strain, with a significant shortfall of available homes causing an escalating crisis, according to a report by Solace, an organisation representing local authority executives.
Improving the lives of people with dementia is at the heart of a new 10-year strategy launched by the Scottish Government. The strategy, Everyone’s Story, outlines a vision for dementia policy over the next decade and identifies a number of priorities which would improve the lives of people li
Councils are uniquely placed to be the key partner in the Scottish Government's public service reform programme and should be further empowered to better support local service delivery, according to COSLA. Responding to the Finance and Public Administration Committee's call for views on public servi
COSLA is bringing back their Excellence Awards in person for 2023. The COSLA Excellence Awards celebrate the very best of local government in Scotland, and aim to recognise and celebrate the people who work tirelessly to support our communities, day in and day out.