Kirsten Oswald, Member of Parliament for East Renfrewshire, has sent her congratulations to Councillor Tony Buchanan on his recent election as Spokesperson on Children and Young People for the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).

Following the local government elections in May, COSLA elected its new leadership team last week, with members of the team drawn from different political parties and Independent councillors.

In the coming months COSLA will play a key role by supporting their member local authorities and partners to deliver public services and helping to mitigate the cost-of-living crisis.

Tony Buchanan is SNP councillor for Neilston and Newton Mearns North and former leader of East Renfrewshire Council.

Speaking after the election of the new Leadership Team, Cllr Shona Morrison, the incoming President of COSLA said they would “work together to be the voice for local Councils and champion the essential services they continue to provide under increasingly challenging circumstances.”

Kirsten said: “Councillor Tony Buchanan is a hardworking councillor who has a track record of delivering results locally, I congratulate him on his appointment as COSLA’s spokesperson for Children and Young People.

“People are struggling right now as inflation soars. This cost-of-living crisis poses a particular challenge for young people. Research by the Childhood Trust showed that 47% of children feel stressed due to the cost-of-living crisis.

“I know that Tony will be a strong advocate for children and young people in his new role, and I wish him and his colleagues on the COSLA Leadership Team every success in their work to support vital service delivery across Scotland.”

Photo Credit: East Renfrewshire Council

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