This is the culmination of six months hard work and the agreement identifies
the funding arrangements and service standards for these services. The
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.