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COSLA SEEKS SUBS RISE FOR PARLIAMENT WORK

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Scottish councils are being asked to agree in principle to increasing their subscriptions to the Convention of Scot...
Scottish councils are being asked to agree in principle to increasing their subscriptions to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities to pay for its work under a Scottish Parliament.

COSLA was due to present its members on Friday with a series of recommendations arising from a consultation exercise on its own future.

These include acceptance that the annual levy on member councils should be increased to pay for the anticipated extra workload.

Despite widespread concern among councils about the use of top slicing, COSLA is calling for further research to be done on its use in England and Wales 'in terms of both activities and the effectiveness of the arrangements in securing accountability'.

It also recommends that a Scottish version of the Improvement and Development Agency should be set up and negotiations should be started with the Scottish Local Government Unit on amalgamating the two organisations.

COSLA noted that while all councils responded to the consultation, only 20% of questionnaires sent to individual members were completed.

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