FeaturedVerity House Agreement
On Friday 30th June 2023, representatives from Scottish Local Government and the Scottish Government signed an historic Partnership Agreement.
The signing of the Partnership Agreement, known as ‘The Verity House Agreement, signified a shared vision for a more collaborative approach to delivering our shared priorities for the people of Scotland. Find out more here.18 Jul 2023
FeaturedCOSLA Conference and Exhibition 2023
The COSLA Annual Conference is back in person – for the first time since 2019.
This year's conference will examine the question ”Is Scotland Living Well Locally?”. Come along and join the conversation!
The Annual Conference in 2023 will run from Thursday, 28 through to Friday, 29 September, with the Excellence Awards Ceremony and Dinner taking place on Thursday, 28 September 2023. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be part of this essential debate - book your place now.04 Apr 2023
Established in 1975, COSLA is the voice of Local Government in Scotland. We provide political leadership on national issues, and work with councils to improve local services and strengthen local democracy as a legitimate, respected sphere of government in Scotland. Millions of people rely on the services that Scotland's Councils deliver every day. Collectively, councils spend almost £19 billion a year on local services and employ over 240,000 people.23 Jun 2022
FeaturedStanding Up For Local Government
Our job is to stand up for Local Government and represent it effectively. We are a councillor-led, cross party organisation, representing all 32 Local Authorities in Scotland. We work on behalf of our members to focus on their priorities, challenges and opportunities23 Jun 2022
FeaturedConferences and Events
Situated in the heart of Edinburgh, right beside Haymarket railway station, COSLA’s Conference Centre is a modern, spacious venue with a wealth of flexible rooms and the latest audio-visual technology. We can tailor each space to your own specific requirements, whether that’s a meeting for ten or a conference for 200.
Our experienced team will be on hand at every stage of the event, from initial planning to the day itself, offering timely help and advice to ensure everything runs smoothly.23 Jun 2022
NewsImagine a Scotland without gender-based violence: 16 Days campaign closing speechNewsCouncillor Maureen Chalmers, COSLA's Community Wellbeing Spokesperson, made an address to the COSLA Community Wellbeing Board on Friday 8th December 2023, to mark the closing of this year's 16 Days… Read more
Refreshed strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls launchedNews
COSLA are clear that Councils are the key to unlocking the best for our communities, ahead of budget announcementNews