Magazine article Public Finance

Cosla Chief Calls for Better Communication

Magazine article Public Finance

Cosla Chief Calls for Better Communication

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The leader of Scotland's local authorities has called on the Labour Party to communicate better at all levels'.

Pat Watters, president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, made his appeal at the Scottish Labour Party conference at Aviemore. He told delegates: 'We need to work better with our colleagues in Westminster and at Holyrood. We need better understanding, better communication and to move forward together.'

Watters is a Labour councillor, but the party has no overall control in Cosla. His plea for better communication at all levels of the Labour Party is seen as a desire for greater understanding about the problems of local government.

Some Labour politicians have been critical of Cosla for agreeing to a concordat that required a freeze on council tax and other commitments involving co-operation with the Scottish National Party government. …

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