COSLA, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, is the representative voice of Scottish local government, lobbying on behalf of our members – Scotland's 32 councils.
Formed in 1975, we exist to promote and protect the interests of councils in Scotland and the people and communities they serve by representing their views to Scottish, UK and European governments and legislatures, other bodies and the public. Our priorities include promoting the role of local government as a vital sphere of government in Scotland; championing local services, local leadership and local accountability; and working with the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament to influence public policy and to fight for resources.
All 32 of Scotland's councils are members of COSLA. Together they represent over 5 million people, spend around £12 billion a year on local services, and employ over 260,000 people.
As a membership organisation, one of our highest priorities is to maintain and enhance our relationship with member councils and the key principles which underpin our activities recognise that the way we work is as important as what we do. COSLA's aim is to enable elected members of different political persuasions to participate fully in local government and contribute to the development of policies for local government. We work closely with our member authorities to ensure that we target our efforts on the issues that matter most to them.
We also act as the employers’ organisation for all Scottish councils, negotiating salaries, wages and conditions of service for local government employees and addressing workforce development issues.