Better collaboration needed to deliver health and social care integration, warns auditor

Integration authorities, councils and NHS boards need to show a stronger commitment to collaborative working to achieve the real long term benefits of an integrated health and social care system, according to the Accounts Commission.

Published 15 November 2018

Housing initiative for young care leavers shortlisted for award

An innovative housing scheme to support young people as they leave care has been nominated for an award.

Published 3 September 2018

New strategy to address isolation, loneliness and improve access to housing

A refreshed joint strategy has been launched between the Scottish Government and COSLA which champions independent living for older people within their community.

Published 31 August 2018

Scottish Government accepts recommendations on temporary accommodation standards

Recommendations to transform temporary accommodation, including getting the right support in place from day one and giving more power to front-line workers, have been accepted by the Scottish Government.

Published 30 May 2018

Regeneration capital grant fund open for applications

The joint COSLA and Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) is once again open for applications.

Published 17 May 2018

First Minister announces fuel poverty and energy efficiency allocation of £54.5m

Funding of £54.5 million to help tackle fuel poverty and reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Published 2 May 2018

COSLA calls for ‘holistic approach’ to fire safety

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has highlighted a number of difficulties surrounding plans to install sprinklers into all social housing residences and instead called for a holistic approach to be taken to fire safety.

Published 18 April 2018

Scottish Government accepts recommendations to end rough sleeping

New recommendations to ensure the commitment to eradicate rough sleeping in Scotland have been accepted in principle by the Scottish Government.

Published 7 March 2018

Calls to let councils implement a 'tourist tax'

Scottish Labour has urged the Scottish Government to take steps to introduce a tourist tax in Scotland after COSLA unanimously backed the plans.

Published 27 February 2018

COSLA issues plea for additional resources for public pay rises

Scotland’s councils have pledged to full press the Scottish Government to make sure that additional resources for local government are built into future budgets.

Published 19 February 2018

Councils continue to perform well for communities despite reduced spending

Scotland’s local authorities continue to perform well for their communities in terms of service delivery despite a sharp reduction in their finances, according to a new report.

Published 13 February 2018

Local authorities ‘not fulfilling statutory homeless obligations’

Councils in Scotland are failing in their legal obligation to accommodation for people who are at risk of homelessness with many people being unlawfully turned away, according to an investigation by BBC Scotland.

Published 9 February 2018

Greens secure Budget increase for councils and housing improvements

Extra money to insulate homes and a real terms increase in revenue investment for local authorities were amongst the amendments made to the Scottish budget yesterday as finance secretary Derek Mackay reached an agreement that will see the financial plan passed at all stages by the Scottish Parliament.

Published 1 February 2018

New Scottish refugee integration strategy launched

A new strategy has been developed with the help of more than 700 asylum seekers and refugees to help them settle into communities across Scotland.

Published 10 January 2018

Social Security Bill endorsed by Holyrood as framework agreement reached with COSLA

Legislation to set up a Scottish social security agency passed its first hurdle at the Scottish Parliament yesterday as MSPs unanimously agreed the general principles of the Social Security (Scotland) Bill.

Published 20 December 2017