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heraldscotland
Cash-strapped Scottish councils face £2.5m bill for new school testing regimeThe memo states: "Approximately 230,000 pupils will take the Scottish standardi
Cash-strapped Scottish councils face £2.5m bill for new school testing regime
heraldscotland / Posted yesterday
The memo states: "Approximately 230,000 pupils will take the Scottish standardised assessment once per year. Standardised assessments covering both literacy and numeracy are currently available for purchase at a unit cost of around £11 per pupil.... Read more
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heraldscotland
One nursery teacher for every 84 Scottish childrenAcademics from the group concluded: "The numbers of registered teachers in pre-
One nursery teacher for every 84 Scottish children
heraldscotland / Posted 2 days ago
Academics from the group concluded: "The numbers of registered teachers in pre-school services face further reductions. If Scotland is to achieve its aspiration of changing child outcomes, no further attrition in teacher employment can be tolerated... Read more
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heraldscotland
Council job losses and cuts "in the weeks ahead" as local government accepts controversial cash dealThe country's biggest council, Glasgow, said that while it had no option but th
Council job losses and cuts "in the weeks ahead" as local government accepts controversial cash deal
heraldscotland / Posted 3 days ago
The country's biggest council, Glasgow, said that while it had no option but the accept the deal it still had legal concerns over aspects of the package, while North Lanarkshire's leadership accused ministers of handing local government a "Hobson's... Read more
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heraldscotland
Council job losses and service cuts "in the weeks ahead" as local government accepts controversial cash dealThe country's biggest council, Glasgow, said that while it had no option but th
Council job losses and service cuts "in the weeks ahead" as local government accepts controversial cash deal
heraldscotland / Posted 3 days ago
The country's biggest council, Glasgow, said that while it had no option but the accept the deal it still had legal concerns over aspects of the package, while North Lanarkshire's leadership accused ministers of handing local government a "Hobson's... Read more
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EveningTimes Online
Ministers warned as council leaders agree to funding dealCouncil leaders have warned services will have to be cut as they reluctantly ag
Ministers warned as council leaders agree to funding deal
EveningTimes Online / Posted 4 days ago
Council leaders have warned services will have to be cut as they reluctantly agreed to a funding deal from the Scottish Government. Johanna Boyd, Labour leader of Stirling Council, said she had agreed to financial settlement "under duress", adding... Read more
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heraldscotland
Warning as council leaders agree to funding deal from Scottish GovernmentScotland's 32 local authorities have until the end of February 9 to sign up to
Warning as council leaders agree to funding deal from Scottish Government
heraldscotland / Posted 4 days ago
Scotland's 32 local authorities have until the end of February 9 to sign up to the funding deal offered by Deputy First Minister John Swinney. Cosla, which represents many of Scotland's 32 councils, has urged leaders to reject the settlement... Read more
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EveningTimes Online
Labour claims Nicola Sturgeon breaking promises over council funding cutsScottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has accused the First Minister of breaking
Labour claims Nicola Sturgeon breaking promises over council funding cuts
EveningTimes Online / Posted 4 days ago
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has accused the First Minister of breaking promises to families with cuts to council funding on the day local authorities must decide whether to accept the Scottish Government's budget deal. Cosla, which... Read more
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heraldscotland
SNP 'hypocritical' over Westminster gripes whilst hitting local government with draconian diktats and sanctions, says councils leaderFollowing a call to local authority chief executives almost a fortnight ago, Mr
SNP 'hypocritical' over Westminster gripes whilst hitting local government with draconian diktats and sanctions, says councils leader
heraldscotland / Posted 6 days ago
Following a call to local authority chief executives almost a fortnight ago, Mr Swinney said failure to agree to both a council tax and teacher numbers freeze as well as new social care plans would see a council's share of the combined cash to... Read more
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Scotsman
John Swinney: No more Mr Nice Guy? At last years autumn conference Swinney receives warm applause from Nicola Stu
John Swinney: No more Mr Nice Guy?
Scotsman / Posted 6 days ago
At last years autumn conference Swinney receives warm applause from Nicola Sturgeon, who relies heavily on her Deputy First Minister. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty JOHN Swinney is not a man with a lot of enemies.... Read more
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Scotsman
Sturgeon ‘bullying like Thatcher’, says Labour McDonnell recalled his battle with Margaret Thatcher while he was at the Great
Sturgeon ‘bullying like Thatcher’, says Labour
Scotsman / Posted 6 days ago
McDonnell recalled his battle with Margaret Thatcher while he was at the Greater London Council. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty THE shadow chancellor has accused Nicola Sturgeon of taking Scotland “back... Read more
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heraldscotland
Councils back down in budget feud with SwinneyHowever Cosla Vice-President Michael Cook told the Sunday Herald that council l
Councils back down in budget feud with Swinney
heraldscotland / Posted 7 days ago
However Cosla Vice-President Michael Cook told the Sunday Herald that council leaders would now have to take the deal because the alternative was far worse. After some councils floated breaking the council tax freeze to raise extra funds, Swinney... Read more
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Scotsman
Brian Wilson: Labour income tax row offers voters a real choice Scotland's finance secretary John Swinney. Picture: Ian Rutherford JOHN Swinn
Brian Wilson: Labour income tax row offers voters a real choice
Scotsman / Posted 8 days ago
Scotland's finance secretary John Swinney. Picture: Ian Rutherford JOHN Swinney moans about lack of ‘levers of government’ but fails to use those he has, writes Brian Wilson Be... Read more
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heraldscotland
Councils "failing" pupils with autism and dyslexiaNorth Ayrshire records 26 per cent of pupils in primary having ASN, while its n
Councils "failing" pupils with autism and dyslexia
heraldscotland / Posted 9 days ago
North Ayrshire records 26 per cent of pupils in primary having ASN, while its neighbour South Ayrshire records just nine per cent. In Aberdeen, 15 per cent of secondary pupils have been identified with ASN, but in Aberdeenshire the figure rises to 33... Read more
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heraldscotland
Minister's Love Your Library photo-op 'beyond irony' amid warnings SNP cuts risk their futureThe Scottish Government admitted that its half-million pound Public Library Imp
Minister's Love Your Library photo-op 'beyond irony' amid warnings SNP cuts risk their future
heraldscotland / Posted 10 days ago
The Scottish Government admitted that its half-million pound Public Library Improvement Fund would be cut by £50,000 next year, as part of John Swinney's controversial budget which includes plans to slash wider spending on culture by more than... Read more
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heraldscotland
Councils reject carers' pleas for national support standardsTwo groups of campaigners have come together to back an amendment by Labour pol
Councils reject carers' pleas for national support standards
heraldscotland / Posted 10 days ago
Two groups of campaigners have come together to back an amendment by Labour politician Rhoda Grant that national rules should be in place to identify who is eligible for support. The Coalition of Carers in Scotland (CCS) and the Health and Social... Read more
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EveningTimes Online
MSPs reject proposal to increase Scottish income tax rateProposals to increase income tax in Scotland by 1p above the rate of the rest o
MSPs reject proposal to increase Scottish income tax rate
EveningTimes Online / Posted 10 days ago
Proposals to increase income tax in Scotland by 1p above the rate of the rest of the UK have been rejected at Holyrood. The Scottish Government said the measure - put forward by Scottish Labour and supported by the Liberal Democrats - would "punish"... Read more
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Daily Record
John Swinney rejects call for tax rise saying he wants to give Scotland payriseThe budget for 2016/17 marks the first time Holyrood ministers have been requir
John Swinney rejects call for tax rise saying he wants to give Scotland payrise
Daily Record / Posted 10 days ago
The budget for 2016/17 marks the first time Holyrood ministers have been required to play a part in determining income tax rates in Scotland. With the Scottish rate of income tax due to come into effect from April 6, Mr Swinney has pledged to keep... Read more
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heraldscotland
Sturgeon calls on council to 'do right thing' and accept Scottish Government funding dealCouncils are engaged in a stand-off with the Scottish Government, with local au
Sturgeon calls on council to 'do right thing' and accept Scottish Government funding deal
heraldscotland / Posted 10 days ago
Councils are engaged in a stand-off with the Scottish Government, with local authority body Cosla complaining they are facing a ''totally unacceptable'' £350 million of cuts. SNP ministers insist the deal is sufficient to allow authorities to... Read more
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Scotsman
John Swinney resists Labour and Lib Dem calls to increase Income Tax Finance Secretary John Swinney's 'Scottish laternative to austerity' has come
John Swinney resists Labour and Lib Dem calls to increase Income Tax
Scotsman / Posted 10 days ago
Finance Secretary John Swinney's 'Scottish laternative to austerity' has come under fire from opposition leaders. Image: Neil Hanna John Swinney has vowed he will not increase... Read more
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Daily Record
Unions back Labour to save public services from £500m SNP austerity cutsTheir call came after Labour announced they want to put an extra penny on incom
Unions back Labour to save public services from £500m SNP austerity cuts
Daily Record / Posted 10 days ago
Their call came after Labour announced they want to put an extra penny on income tax to pay for public services while offsetting the impact on the lowest-paid. Campaigners spoke out as Finance Secretary John Swinney prepares to force through his... Read more
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Scotsman
Kezia Dugdale challenges Nicola Sturgeon with 1p income tax rise plan Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale. Picture: Lisa Ferguson LABOUR has chall
Kezia Dugdale challenges Nicola Sturgeon with 1p income tax rise plan
Scotsman / Posted 11 days ago
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale. Picture: Lisa Ferguson LABOUR has challenged First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to “do the right thing for Scotland’s future” by backing its... Read more
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heraldscotland
Dugdale tells Sturgeon: do the right thing for Scotland's future and back income tax rise plansLabour announced its plans the day before a Holyrood debate on the 2016-17 budg
Dugdale tells Sturgeon: do the right thing for Scotland's future and back income tax rise plans
heraldscotland / Posted 11 days ago
Labour announced its plans the day before a Holyrood debate on the 2016-17 budget, the first one in which the Scottish Government has had a role in determining income tax rates north of the border. With the Scottish rate of income tax due to come in... Read more
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heraldscotland
Moray Council drops plans to introduce council tax hike in face of Government sanctionsIf it had gone ahead with the planned rise, Moray Council would have been the f
Moray Council drops plans to introduce council tax hike in face of Government sanctions
heraldscotland / Posted 11 days ago
If it had gone ahead with the planned rise, Moray Council would have been the first local authority to increase tax since the freeze was introduced in 2007. The Herald reported last month that John Swinney had told councils that failure to agree to... Read more
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heraldscotland
Rules relaxed to become a teacher due to staffing crisisThe General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), which receives several hundre
Rules relaxed to become a teacher due to staffing crisis
heraldscotland / Posted 11 days ago
The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), which receives several hundred applications from outside the country every year, said the new flexibility would ensure teacher quality while allowing schools to plug vacancies. Chief executive Ken... Read more
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heraldscotland
Scottish teacher shortages force relaxation of tough registration rulesThe General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), which receives several hundre
Scottish teacher shortages force relaxation of tough registration rules
heraldscotland / Posted 12 days ago
The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), which receives several hundred applications from outside the country every year, said the new flexibility would ensure teacher quality while allowing schools to plug vacancies. Chief executive Ken... Read more
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heraldscotland
Roads hit and schools satisfaction levels dropping as report warns of increasing impact of councils cutsThe Local Government Benchmarking Framework report comes amid an increasingly b
Roads hit and schools satisfaction levels dropping as report warns of increasing impact of councils cuts
heraldscotland / Posted 13 days ago
The Local Government Benchmarking Framework report comes amid an increasingly bitter row over a £350m cut to council budgets in 2016-17, and a threat by Finance Secretary John Swinney to impose multiple sanctions on any local authority that tries to... Read more
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Scotsman
John Swinney sanctions against legal guidelines, say councils Councils say Swinney's deal demands that they ignore government guidelines.
John Swinney sanctions against legal guidelines, say councils
Scotsman / Posted 13 days ago
Councils say Swinney's deal demands that they ignore government guidelines. Picture: Andrew Cowan JOHN Swinney’s plans to force councils to accept a controversial funding package or... Read more
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heraldscotland
Relations between councils and government close to total collapse, warns Cosla boss“We’re at a place where you can’t go any further with this without it breaking
Relations between councils and government close to total collapse, warns Cosla boss
heraldscotland / Posted 14 days ago
“We’re at a place where you can’t go any further with this without it breaking down totally. It’s a time to say stop, let’s re-calibrate this relationship. It will take trust on both sides,” he said. The intervention comes amid an increasingly... Read more
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heraldscotland
SNP's childcare revolution should be handed to new national agency, says thinktankIt recommends creating a National Childcare Service to oversee the huge investm
SNP's childcare revolution should be handed to new national agency, says thinktank
heraldscotland / Posted 14 days ago
It recommends creating a National Childcare Service to oversee the huge investment needed in facilities and staff and to ensure common standards in every public nursery across Scotland. Key improvements would be universal 8am to 6pm opening and... Read more
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Daily Record
First Minister says councils funding deal will help disabled peopleTHE FIRST Minister is urging councils to accept the Scottish Government's fundi
First Minister says councils funding deal will help disabled people
Daily Record / Posted 14 days ago
THE FIRST Minister is urging councils to accept the Scottish Government's funding deal in this year's budget as she insisted it would help local authorities meet the "challenge" of paying social care workers the living wage. Mr Swinney said the... Read more
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Daily Record
Councils reject Scottish Government’s funding offerThe Scottish Local ­Government Partnership (SLGP), who ­represent Aberdeen, Gla
Councils reject Scottish Government’s funding offer
Daily Record / Posted 14 days ago
The Scottish Local ­Government Partnership (SLGP), who ­represent Aberdeen, Glasgow, Renfrewshire and South ­Lanarkshire councils, said local authorities were being “held to ransom”. They confirmed they are seeking legal advice. Swinney and council... Read more
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Scotsman
Scots councils reject John Swinney’s council funding package Four council chiefs believe John Swinney's actions may be illegal. Picture: Gr
Scots councils reject John Swinney’s council funding package
Scotsman / Posted 15 days ago
Four council chiefs believe John Swinney's actions may be illegal. Picture: Greg Macvean SCOTLAND’S councils yesterday rejected John Swinney’s attempts to strong arm them into accepting... Read more
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heraldscotland
Local government body Cosla describe funding offer as "totally unacceptable"Talks have been taking place between Mr Swinney and council leaders, with the d
Local government body Cosla describe funding offer as "totally unacceptable"
heraldscotland / Posted 15 days ago
Talks have been taking place between Mr Swinney and council leaders, with the deadline for accepting the deal put back for a second time to February 9. The funding agreement from the Government includes extending the council tax freeze, £250 million... Read more
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EveningTimes Online
Cosla rejects 'totally unacceptable' funding offerLocal government body Cosla has rejected the Scottish Government's funding offe
Cosla rejects 'totally unacceptable' funding offer
EveningTimes Online / Posted 15 days ago
Local government body Cosla has rejected the Scottish Government's funding offer for this year's budget, describing it as "totally unacceptable". The organisation said the package put forward by Finance Secretary John Swinney in the 2016/17 draft... Read more
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heraldscotland
Local government body Cosla describe funding offer as "totally unacceptable".Talks have been taking place between Mr Swinney and council leaders, with the d
Local government body Cosla describe funding offer as "totally unacceptable".
heraldscotland / Posted 15 days ago
Talks have been taking place between Mr Swinney and council leaders, with the deadline for accepting the deal put back for a second time to February 9. The funding agreement from the Government includes extending the council tax freeze, £250 million... Read more
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EveningTimes Online
Scottish secondary teachers "should teach in primary"Scottish teachers should be allowed to work more freely in both primary and sec
Scottish secondary teachers "should teach in primary"
EveningTimes Online / Posted 15 days ago
Scottish teachers should be allowed to work more freely in both primary and secondary schools, council officials have said. Under the proposal, subject experts from secondary could be drafted in to primary schools to develop expertise in key areas... Read more
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heraldscotland
Scottish secondary teachers "should teach in primary"There are also serious concerns over the ability of primary teachers to deliver
Scottish secondary teachers "should teach in primary"
heraldscotland / Posted 15 days ago
There are also serious concerns over the ability of primary teachers to deliver the Scottish Government's aspiration to adopt the European Union's 1+2 policy, which would see all Scottish pupils learning two languages in addition to their native... Read more
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heraldscotland
Local government heading towards divisive split as SNP-led councils prepare to back Swinney on controversial cash dealWillie Gibson, who denied putting party loyalty ahead of his council and its ci
Local government heading towards divisive split as SNP-led councils prepare to back Swinney on controversial cash deal
heraldscotland / Posted 16 days ago
Willie Gibson, who denied putting party loyalty ahead of his council and its citizens, adding he did not believe agreeing with government policy was bad for local democracy or would create divisions within Cosla. But one Cosla source within the... Read more
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heraldscotland
Funding 'uncertainty' sees Inverclyde Council delay budgetHe said: "We are expected to be able to balance our budget for the next financi
Funding 'uncertainty' sees Inverclyde Council delay budget
heraldscotland / Posted 16 days ago
He said: "We are expected to be able to balance our budget for the next financial year (2016/17) without the need for any new budget savings or service reductions beyond anything already in place. "However there is an estimated funding gap of almost... Read more
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heraldscotland
Oil crisis; Sturgeon power push; heard about the Salmond-Cher double act?07.00 BBC Good Morning Scotland Aberdeen in line for £500m from Holyrood and W
Oil crisis; Sturgeon power push; heard about the Salmond-Cher double act?
heraldscotland / Posted 16 days ago
07.00 BBC Good Morning Scotland Aberdeen in line for £500m from Holyrood and Westminster … Child refugees … Sweden expels migrants … SNP’s Hosie writes to European Commission over Google deal… MSPs say Scotland “failing minorities in workplace” …... Read more
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heraldscotland
Oil crisis; Sturgeon pushes for powers; Salmond and Cher – I got you, babe07.00 BBC Good Morning Scotland Aberdeen in line for £500m from Holyrood and W
Oil crisis; Sturgeon pushes for powers; Salmond and Cher – I got you, babe
heraldscotland / Posted 16 days ago
07.00 BBC Good Morning Scotland Aberdeen in line for £500m from Holyrood and Westminster … Child refugees … Sweden expels migrants … SNP’s Hosie writes to European Commission over Google deal… MSPs say Scotland “failing minorities in workplace” …... Read more
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heraldscotland
High noon for councils; Cameron for north; I got you babe - Salmond and Cher07.00 BBC Good Morning Scotland Aberdeen in line for £500m from Holyrood and W
High noon for councils; Cameron for north; I got you babe - Salmond and Cher
heraldscotland / Posted 16 days ago
07.00 BBC Good Morning Scotland Aberdeen in line for £500m from Holyrood and Westminster … Child refugees … Sweden expels migrants … SNP’s Hosie writes to European Commission over Google deal… MSPs say Scotland “failing minorities in workplace” …... Read more
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heraldscotland
Cameron heads north, high noon for councils, and I got you babe - Salmond and Cher07.00 BBC Good Morning Scotland Aberdeen in line for £500m from Holyrood and W
Cameron heads north, high noon for councils, and I got you babe - Salmond and Cher
heraldscotland / Posted 16 days ago
07.00 BBC Good Morning Scotland Aberdeen in line for £500m from Holyrood and Westminster … Child refugees … Sweden expels migrants … SNP’s Hosie writes to European Commission over Google deal… MSPs say Scotland “failing minorities in workplace” …... Read more
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heraldscotland
Cameron heads to Aberdeen, councils told deal or no deal, and I got you babe - Salmond and Cher07.00 BBC Good Morning Scotland Aberdeen in line for £500m from Holyrood and W
Cameron heads to Aberdeen, councils told deal or no deal, and I got you babe - Salmond and Cher
heraldscotland / Posted 16 days ago
07.00 BBC Good Morning Scotland Aberdeen in line for £500m from Holyrood and Westminster … Child refugees … Sweden expels migrants … SNP’s Hosie writes to European Commission over Google deal… MSPs say Scotland “failing minorities in workplace” …... Read more
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heraldscotland
Swinney hits local government with all or nothing 'draconian' demandMr Swinney warned the Government would move to claw back the total money given
Swinney hits local government with all or nothing 'draconian' demand
heraldscotland / Posted 17 days ago
Mr Swinney warned the Government would move to claw back the total money given to a council for all three elements if they signed up to the deal but then failed to deliver on any element. Councils will also be required to make sure a Living Wage of... Read more
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heraldscotland
Swinney hits local government with all or nothing 'draconian' demand or face losing hundreds of millionsMINISTERS have turned the screw on Scotland's 32 councils warning that refusal
Swinney hits local government with all or nothing 'draconian' demand or face losing hundreds of millions
heraldscotland / Posted 17 days ago
MINISTERS have turned the screw on Scotland's 32 councils warning that refusal to sign up to a new all-or-nothing package of demands will see individual authorities lose tens of millions of pounds. Following a call to local authority chief... Read more
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EveningTimes Online
Local government group hits out at John Swinney over budget talksTalks between councils and the Scottish Government over this year's budget have
Local government group hits out at John Swinney over budget talks
EveningTimes Online / Posted 17 days ago
Talks between councils and the Scottish Government over this year's budget have "hit a new low", according to local government organisation Cosla. Its president Councillor David O'Neill said councils heard about the deadline for accepting the... Read more
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heraldscotland
'A new low': Councils boss condemns new ministers cash deadline as row between local and central government intensifiesThe current offer sees local government receive a straight terms cut of £500mil
'A new low': Councils boss condemns new ministers cash deadline as row between local and central government intensifies
heraldscotland / Posted 17 days ago
The current offer sees local government receive a straight terms cut of £500million, at a time when they face the same again in cash pressures. It has sparked concerns over the impact on thousands of jobs and core frontline services. Mr Swinney had... Read more
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heraldscotland
Argyll and Bute chief appointed as new head of CoslaMs Loudon will also take charge of a fractured local government. with several m
Argyll and Bute chief appointed as new head of Cosla
heraldscotland / Posted 17 days ago
Ms Loudon will also take charge of a fractured local government. with several major councils having quit Cosla last year in a row over the distribution of Scottish Government cash. Cllr David O’Neill, Cosla president and chairman of the staffing... Read more
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EveningTimes Online
More than £1.5m given in welfare grants in Glasgow in just three monthsMORE than £1.5m was given out in welfare fund grants in Glasgow in just three m
More than £1.5m given in welfare grants in Glasgow in just three months
EveningTimes Online / Posted 17 days ago
MORE than £1.5m was given out in welfare fund grants in Glasgow in just three months last year, new figures reveal. Almost 8000 applications were made to the Welfare fund in the city between July and September last year for help with unforeseen or... Read more
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