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'COSLA WILL RESIST ANY WEAKENING OF SCOTTISH LOCAL GOVERNMENT'

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The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities will fully resist any attempt by any political party to weaken the rol...
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities will fully resist any attempt by any political party to weaken the role of local government in Scotland it said today.

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.

'However if the incoming executive can demonstrate to us that any of their

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.'

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