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COSLA MANOEUVRES FOR NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH FORSYTH

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The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities yesterday published an 'agenda for a new partnership between central a...
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities yesterday published an 'agenda for a new partnership between central and local government'.

The Herald says (p7) that the publication of the agenda, which is Cosla's terms and conditions for such a partnership, comes in advance of a speech on the future government of Scotland, due to be delivered by the Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth on Thursday.

Cosla wants to address what it says is 20 years under the Tories of continuous tinkering coupled with the centralisation of power.

Cosla's agenda argues that within the overall framework set by central government, councils should have the freedom to decide on their own internal structures and operational and service delivery arrangements.

It says that councils should be allowed to raise more than 51% of their revenues locally compared with the present 15%, notes The Herald. To achieve that Cosla calls for the establishment of an independent commission to review the financing of local government in Scotland.
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