2013 Conference

The COSLA and Improvement Service Conference is the keynote local government event in the Scottish calendar and addresses the major issues facing local government in Scotland. It is a high level knowledge-sharing event. The Conference over the years is attended by around 300 delegates, from public sector, the voluntary and private sectors are also well represented as are the politicians and civil servants from the Scottish Parliament and The Scottish Government.

The title of this year's conference was "Today's Reality...Tomorrow's Vision".

Selected speeches and presentations from the conference are available to download below:


Thursday 7th March 
Presidential Address : Today’s Reality, Tomorrow’s Vision
Councillor David O’Neill, President, COSLA 
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Friday 8th March  
Today’s Reality...Tomorrow’s Vision
Rory Mair CBE, Chief Executive, COSLA
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What part will Community Planning play in delivering Tomorrow’s vision?
Councillor Michael Cook, Vice President, COSLA
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Colin Mair, Chief Executive, Improvement Service

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COSLA and the Improvement Service, as with previous years, worked together to design and deliver the Conference. This was an opportunity to discuss major political and policy issues, and this year's conference included masterclasses, workshops and presentations on key improvement and development issues.

The Conference was also a celebration of excellence within Local Government in the shape of our Annual Awards Ceremony which is now incorporated within the Annual Conference on the Thursday evening. 

In partnership with Land Engineering, download the full programme from 2013.

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