SOUTH Lanarkshire has become the latest local authority to join a breakaway group of councils.

It has decided to become a founder member of the Scottish Local Government Partnership along with Aberdeen Glasgow and Renfrewshire councils.

South Lanarkshire council leader Eddie McAvoy said the new partnership promised a fresh new era of co-operation among local authorities, working together in mutual respect and for the benefit of their residents.

He said: "The Partnership's founding authorities together represent almost a quarter of Scotland's population and almost half of the national economic output, so we will be a truly significant voice going forward.

"I believe the new Partnership will allow councils to work better together, act quicker and more efficiently on behalf of the people we represent.

"We will work effectively with other councils, the UK and Scottish governments, the trades unions, and indeed all interested parties to work in the best interest of our communities and Scotland."