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COSLA DELAYS APPOINTMENT OF NEW BOSS

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The appointment of a new chief executive of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has been deferred until af...
The appointment of a new chief executive of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has been deferred until after the local elections in may, reported The Herald (27 March, p7).

The move follows the intervention of Glasgow City and North Lanarkshire Councils, who felt it would be sensible to leave the choice to incoming councillors, given that a number of the current group of senior members were leaving local government.

Meanwhile, Gordon Brown, the chancellor, addressed Cosla's conference on Friday and spelled out the government's plans for lifting 60,000 Scottish children out of poverty.

He said funds allocated in the recent budget mean that spending on children in Scotland will increase by£500m a year.

Mr Brown added: 'Our analysis shows that this government inherited a shocking situation of child povery in Scotland. We must put an end to poverty being passed down from generation to generation. The evidence on child poverty shows the need for early intervention to give all our children the best start in life.'
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