The Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee of the Scottish Parliament has issued a dire warning about Scotland’s local authorities being unable to deliver the targets set by the Scottish Government due to limits to budgets.
‘Elections Belong To The People’
“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
Letters: “re-organisation of local government is long overdue”
“Local government is at the front line of our democracy.”
Not Much Change for Orkney’s Local Wards
The proposals are 21 councillors in six wards, comprising three wards each returning 3-members and three wards each returning 4-members as follows:
Workers Reject COSLA Pay Offer
Local Government workers, members of the trade union, Unite have voted to reject the COSLA pay offer by an overwhelming majority of 83.3%.
Urgent Intervention Needed Into Local Government Pay Dispute Says Trade Union
In the letter to Nicola Sturgeon, Unite highlights that 55% of local government workers earn less than £25,000 per annum, and around 75% of local government workers earn less than the UK national average wage of £32,875.
Local Government Trade Unions Call On Their Members To Reject COSLA Pay Offer
“All these workers have stepped up and gone beyond the call of duty, many of them literally putting their lives on the line. It’s high time for COSLA and the next Scottish Government to do likewise or they shouldn’t be forgiven.”
“Ultra Local Focus of Power”
“Scotland is unusual in Europe with its highly over centralised local government. “
Young Orcadians Not ‘Being Heard’
“The inclusion of young people in local decision making is working well elsewhere and makes councils more accountable to those they represent, many of whom are ignored or excluded.”