£60 million is to be distributed to support a national acquisition plan to increase the supply of social and affordable housing.
Overall legal accountability for the care of people will be shared between Scottish Government, the NHS and local government. Staff will continue to be employed by local authorities, and councils will still be responsible for assets like buildings and the delivery of services.
“COSLA sit on their hands they, and the Scottish government, are sleep walking towards a second year of industrial action.” said Johanna Baxter, UNISON, “No-one wants to see rubbish piling up on the streets again and schools threatening to close.”
“Work is already underway on developing a New Deal for Local Government. We will work together, through regular and meaningful engagement, to progress this, explore a new fiscal framework for councils and reform our public services.” Humza Yousaf, First Minister of Scotland
“Yes, money is tight, but Scottish Government has made political choices. Cuts to our core budget hit the most vulnerable in our communities the hardest and are damaging to our workforce – Scottish Government needs to consider this seriously. ” COSLA Vice President Councillor Steven Heddle
The funding supports existing summer holiday programmes for those aged 5 – 14. It can also be used to develop new ones.
The Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 requires councils to appoint religious representatives to committees considering education matters.
“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” Abraham Lincoln
“Local government is at the front line of our democracy.”
“These figures are utterly astounding. The combined total for the Highlands and Islands is almost half a billion pounds (£417,611,000).” – Rhoda Grant MSP