The Verity House Agreement, which was signed last week by First Minister Humza Yousaf and COSLA President Shona Morrison, will build a stronger relationship between the Scottish Government and local government; placing mutual trust and respect at its core.
In my former roles as a Local Councillor, Deputy Leader of East Ayrshire Council, and COSLA’s Community Wellbeing Spokesperson, I saw first-hand the importance and need to devolve powers to our communities which are supported by thriving national and local governments. Therefore, I welcome the Verity House Agreement between the Scottish Government and COSLA which will ensure community needs are met by the people who understand them best.
As Ayrshire continues to recover from the pandemic and grapples with the ongoing Tory cost-of-living crisis, it is crucial to have joined-up thinking and strategic planning when it comes to tackling issues that matter most to people.
The Verity House agreement shows a real commitment from the Scottish Government to work alongside local councils to accelerate and achieve its ambitious goals for eliminating poverty and hitting Scotland’s Net Zero targets.