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Scottish councils are to make an ambitious bid for new powers in health, enterprise and economic regeneration....
Scottish councils are to make an ambitious bid for new powers in health, enterprise and economic regeneration.

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities said in return for delivering services across council boundaries, councils should be given responsibility for services currently controlled by local health boards, Scottish Enterprise and Communities Scotland.

COSLA chief executive Rory Mair said: 'Leaders are no longer interested in seeing the public sector and local government's role in it shaped by . . . disconnected policy announcements. Rather than saying reactively what we don't want, it is time to deliver a clear and unambiguous agenda to say what we do want.'

COSLA president Pat Watters (Lab) said: 'It is about us having the confidence to say to the executive, 'Here's how we can deliver this'.'

North Lanarkshire Council leader Jim McCabe (Lab) said there was no reason why councils should not take over the services.

'We have people who can do these jobs better than they are being done at present,' he said.

The powers being targeted

>> Primary healthcare, currently run by local health boards

>> Local enterprise networks, controlled by Scottish Enterprise

>> Regeneration of deprived areas, now the preserve of Communities Scotland.

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