Every day of the year, millions of people rely on the services that local government in Scotland delivers. Together, they spend over £19 billion a year on local services, and employ over 240,000 people- almost 10% of all jobs in Scotland.
From funding to housing, roads to early years, and social care to dealing with BREXIT, our job is to champion councils' vital work and secure the resources and powers they need.
We are a councillor-led, cross-party organisation which works on councils' behalf to focus on the challenges and opportunities they face, and to engage positively with governments and others on policy, funding and legislation.
COSLA was established in 1975, but standing up for Scotland's local priorities goes back 800 years. We evolved from the Convention of Royal Burghs- once the oldest representative body in Europe. Today, we're here to:
COSLA is not just about politics. We're also responsible for providing national services to councils and their partners through the myjobscotland recruitment portal, Trading Standards Scotland service, and Business Gateway National Unit.