COSLA president Pat Watters said: 'Let me be clear, any proposed policy from any political party that encroaches on local government's territory will be fully resisted by this organisation.
manifesto pledges are of direct benefit to our communities then we will sit
down with them and have that discussion.
'For any service to be even thought about being removed from local
democratic control it must be shown to benefit the community.
'It is only right that as the deliverers of services throughout Scotland
these matters are fully discussed with us. Local councils are elected by
local people; best placed to understand the needs of the communities they
represent; and best placed to work out local solutions to meet those needs.'