FeaturedCOSLA Excellence Awards 2023
COSLA President, Councillor Shona Morrison, has announced that the COSLA Excellence Awards will return in 2023.
In a statement, Councillor Morrison said:
"I am absolutely delighted to announce that the COSLA Excellence Awards are back in person for 2023, showcasing the very best in local government"
The COSLA Excellence Awards are about recognising the great work, talent and innovation across our councils and the exceptional people who deliver for our communities every day of the year.
The COSLA Excellence Awards 2023 will take place on Thursday, 28 September 2023 in the Crieff Hydro Hotel as part of the COSLA Annual Conference.24 Feb 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 Local Government in Scotland delivers every day. Collectively, councils spend almost £19 billion a year on local services and employ over 240,000 people – nearly 10% of all employment in Scotland.
Follow the links below to find out more about COSLA.
Read our 5-Year plan for Local Government23 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 opportunities
Read Budget SOS: Save Our Services - our call for urgent action on financial challenges facing Councils23 Jun 2022
FeaturedConferences and Events
When it comes to your next conference, two considerations stand above any other: what is said and where it’s said. We like to think we have the where covered.
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.
Download the COSLA Conference Centre brochure (PDF)]23 Jun 2022
FeaturedPolicy Spotlight - The Promise
On 5 February 2020, the Care Review published seven reports, with The Promise narrating a vision for Scotland. The Promise is responsible for driving the work of change drawn from the findings of the Independent Care Review. The Promise and the six other published reports can be viewed here.
COSLA and its 32 Member Councils have all pledged to #KeepThePromise by 2030. Local and national policy and practice change is underway and this page will be regularly updated to feature the ongoing work and the impact this is having on our children, young people, families and communities.23 Jun 2022
NewsTeachers accept latest pay offer - 10th March 2023NewsMembers of teaching unions EIS and SSTA have accepted the latest pay offer from COSLA following a ballot on Friday 10th March. Read more
International Women's Day 2023News
A New Pay Deal For Scotland's Teachers - 3rd March 2023News
COSLA Spokesperson Welcomes Pause on National Care ServiceNews
31MAREventsCOSLA Convention March 2023EventsCOSLA Convention is held twice a year, and sets out COSLA's direction and priorities. Read more11:00am - 01:00pm
14APRLeadership Sounding Board April 202301:30pm - 02:30pm
21APRCOSLA Community Wellbeing Board April 202310:30am - 01:00pm
28APRCOSLA Leaders Meeting April 202311:00am - 01:00pm