Responding to the election of the SNP's Shona Morrison as the new COSLA President and the SNP's Katie Hagmann as the new resource spokesperson, Scottish Liberal Democrat local government spokesperson and COSLA Group Leader Cllr Peter Barrett said:
"First of all I would like to congratulate Shona Morrison on becoming the new COSLA President. I hope that she will use the position to stand up for Scotland's local authorities against a central government which has cut budgets to the bone and dictated where councils spend their money.
"The risk with the SNP taking on these key roles is that so often their representatives are simply apologists for SNP government cuts to local authority budgets. It's like putting the fox in charge of the hen house.
"Buoyed by the gains we made at the recent election, Scottish Liberal Democrats will continue to argue for fair long-term funding deals for local government which allow councils to invest in local priorities."