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LORDS ENDORSE COSLA'S CONCORDAT CALL, SAYS GEDDES

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The House of Lords select committee report on relations between central and local government has been welcomed by K...
The House of Lords select committee report on relations between central and local government has been welcomed by Keith Geddes, president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

'This is a very positive report for local government which can only take the sometimes strained relations between the two sides of government forward,' cllr Geddes said highlighting the recommendation for a concordat between central and local government.

'This is precisely what we asked the Scottish office for last Friday, but got no response from the minister to our request. I hope the select committee's report will now move that forward.'

Cllr Geddes said that many of the association's suggestions to the committee had been taken into account in the report.

'When we gave evidence to the committee we described our relationship with the Scottish office as that of two battleships firing across at each other - these proposals provide us with a basis for turning that relationship around.

'I hope we will now be able to move into a period of stability and to work in a partnership with central government which is based on mutual respect and equality - something we have been seeking for some time.'

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