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LACORS AND COSLA SERVICE AGREEMENT SIGNED

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The Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities have signed ...
The Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities have signed a service agreement outlining the services provided by LACORS to local authorities and Cosla.

This is the culmination of six months hard work and the agreement identifies

the funding arrangements and service standards for these services. The

agreement aims to provide clarity, achieve economies of scale and further

enhance the linkages between Cosla and the regulatory services within

LACORS' remit in Scotland, with due recognition of the interests of the

relevant officer societies.

The service agreement has been prepared in parallel with the development of

the LACORS Business Plan 2003/04 entitled 'Focusing on Delivery' so as to

ensure compatibility with the wider aims of the partner organisations.

LACORS will provide policy, legal and technical advice to Cosla on all

matters concerning trading standards, consumer advice, food safety and

animal health and welfare. LACORS will also advise Cosla of emerging issues

so that they may indicate how and by whom these issues are best addressed,

assist with policy development and help the dissemination of appropriate

information to all elected members.

Cosla welcomes the technical advice, guidance and information which LACORS

provides to local authorities and in return will provide LACORS with a range

of support services and facilities.

Derek Allen, executive director of LACORS said: 'This service agreement

highlights the professional working relationship between LACORS and Cosla

and will help to improve the provision of high quality regulatory advice to

local authorities in Scotland and throughout the UK'.

Rory Mair, chief Executive of Cosla, said: 'Cosla welcomes this

formalisation of a long standing and productive relationship with LACORS

through the signing of this first joint service agreement. The service

agreement has been designed to provi de clarity and robustness to our working

relationship with LACORS and on behalf of Cosla I am happy to put my

signature to it'.

LACORS intends to work with other local government bodies and develop

similar service agreements.

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