Decision Making

We're a politically-led, cross-party organisation.

That means that what we do, and how we do it, is decided democratically by elected councillors from across our member councils.

Our decision making system is therefore designed to put member councils at the heart of the policy development process. We want every councillor to have the opportunity to contribute, and that's why we've recently completed a major review of our arrangements to make sure they focus on a forward looking agenda for local government.

Led by our President, Vice President, and five Spokespeople, our decisions are made in the following ways:

COSLA decision-making structure
COSLA's decision making structure

COSLA's Constitution can be downloaded here (updated November 2021).