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Scotland’s councils are spending more than half of the money they bring in from Council Tax simply to pay interest on debts, according to the Scottish Greens. A report by the party found that the long-term debt being held by Scotland's 32 local authorities totals £11.5 billion including loans fro

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Local authorities across Scotland are calling on politicians from all parties to launch a revolution in local democracy within the first few months after May's Holyrood election. The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) wants to harness the power of a more locally democratic way of doing

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Harry McGuigan New guidance has been issued to support the development of Housing Options approaches in Scotland’s local authorities.

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Johanna Boyd 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.

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Councils have until the end of today to decide whether to accept a funding deal from the Scottish Government. Finance secretary John Swinney held talks with council representatives last month as he asked them to accept the “challenging but fair” Local Government Finance Settlement.

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The Commission on Local Tax Reform has published a new report recommending the abolition and replacement of the current council tax system. The cross-party commission, established jointly by the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), brought together representa

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