On seeing this below, Richard Leonard tweeted:
Scottish Labour happy to rule out a sensational deal with Douglas Ross. Or any kind of deal, for that matter.
Really? Then why are so many councils where SNP is the largest party run by Labour+Tory coalitions?
And then Labour Tory Councils deciding against money getting money from SNP at Holyrood. Why?
Labour and Conservative authorities vote against increased funding for level 4 areas at today’s special COSLA meeting. Their decision reduces support for local businesses at their greatest time of need and delays the release of this vital funding.
Because they think they will get more money from Westminster, perhaps? Surely not. They have already noted the dangers (but they still want the Union way).
Here is Cllr Alison Evison Aberdeenshire Council (LAB) COSLA President
The Internal Market Bill could pose a threat to Scotland’s Councils and the Communities they serve, COSLA said today (Monday).
COSLA also called for clarity in relation to the protection of essential local services from potentially being undermined as a result of this Bill.
Commenting, COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said: “Now more than ever, it is imperative that the three spheres of government – UK, Scottish and Local – work together in the interests and the wellbeing of the of the communities we serve.
“The Internal Market Bill poses a threat to Scotland’s Councils, and as the President of COSLA, I must stress the real concerns of Scottish Local Government about a number of areas.
They only have to look south to see what is really going to happen.
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Of course Douglas has great plans for all those Communities – he’d give them the money direct and enable them to tell SNP at Holyrood (and the councils) to butt out.
The Scottish Government should hand more powers to communities on issues like planning and business rates, Scottish Tory leader Dougal Ross will tell his party conference.
He will also put forward proposals for a programme of ‘community investment deals’ made up of both UK and Scottish Government funding.
Like these folk:Campaigners celebrate ‘momentous turnaround’ as Culloden Battlefield house rejected by Scottish Ministers
Campaigners are celebrating after Scottish Ministers made the ‘uprecedented’ move to stop a house being built on Culloden Battlefield.
It comes after the Scottish Government took the unusual step of refusing a decision by the Planning Reporter, who recommended that a luxury steading conversion at Culchunaig could be built.
The contentious site sits close to the south west perimeter of the section of battlefield owned by National Trust for Scotland and within the historic battlefield boundary.
Oh no! That’s wrong! The local community wanted Holyrood to tell the Highland Council where to go.
But surely the Tories will give power to local communities direct – well, like they did when Highland council was created in 1995.
The Highland Council (Comhairle na Gaidhealtachd in Gaelic), the political body covering the Highland local authority created in 1995, comprises 22 wards, each electing three or four councillors by the single transferable vote system, which creates a form of proportional representation. The total number of councillors is 74, and the main meeting place and main offices are in Glenurquhart Road, Inverness.
So, it is a local council with an area the size of Belgium. A council that is bigger than some parliaments (e.g. Iceland, Luxembourg) where councillors can travel 100 miles to attend a council meeting. And it is run by who exactly? (Hint. Not SNP)
Not sure that the Conservative plans for empowering communities worked out so well then, so maybe Mr Leonard you should have a wee rethink of claims that rule out doing deals with Tories when your party already does deals with them in lots of Local Authorities all over Scotland.