The COSLA Excellence Awards celebrate the very best in Scottish local government. Our emphasis is on rewarding the most innovative and passionate developments, and on recognising projects that can demonstrate excellent service delivery to communities.
Across the country, in rural and urban communities, visionary approaches are being applied to local issues and these are the kinds of projects the COSLA Excellence Awards celebrate. We find those who are setting new standards for excellence and help spread their good practice.
The Excellence Awards take place within a context of considerable challenge for local government. Councils, their partners, local businesses and residents face a number of new pressures associated with these changing circumstances, which present difficult circumstances in which to strengthen local communities. As budgets are squeezed by increased demand and falling income, these challenges mean designing services that are affordable and sustainable for the long term. Our communities expect and deserve excellent public services, and so now more than ever the emphasis of the awards must be on developing innovation that can be shared across the local government family.