The short list for the 2019 COSLA Excellence Awards is now available
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The COSLA Excellence Awards celebrate the very best in Scottish local government.

As in previous years, judging the awards is undertaken in three parts. Teams of expert assessors from across local government have already been working to evaluate and provide feedback on each application, and a short list of the top three applications from each category has been agreed.

The 2019 finalists are as follows:

Category 1 – Service Innovation and Improvement

Integrated Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service – Angus Council

Wellwynd Hub – East Lothian Council

Taking a Psychological Approach to Care Planning – Dundee City Council

Category 2 – Achieving Better Outcomes in Partnership

Supporting Families Affected by the Criminal Justice System – Perth and Kinross Council

Tomorrow’s Women Glasgow – Glasgow City Council

Developing Affordable Credit Initiatives – Fife Council

Category 3 – Tackling Inequalities and Improving Health

Be Herd: The Elephant in the Room – West Lothian Council

Recovery Communities – Glasgow City Council

Supporting our Refugees into Work – Argyll and Bute Council

Category 4 – Strong and Sustainable Communities

Team Up to Clean Up – Renfrewshire Council

Stirling Rural Broadband – Stirling Council

Alexander Street New Build Housing Development – Dundee City Council

Category 5 - Local Matters

HMY Iolaire: A Community Remembers – Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar

Parcel Delivery Law Website – The Highland Council

Clydesdale Integrated Community Support Team – South Lanarkshire Council

It is now time for the Excellence Awards judges to take over and consider a presentation from each of our finalists and identify an overall winner for each category.

The awards criteria are designed to celebrate innovative and effective responses to the major challenges that councils and their partners face.

Our website, provides more information on the process and showcases our previous winners and has been viewed over 250,000 times.

If your project is listed above then CONGRATULATIONS you have made it to the final stage of the process. COSLA officers will be in touch in the coming days to organise a time for you to present your project to our judging panel.

The judging process takes place on Wednesday 18th September and Thursday 19th September 2019 between 11:30 and 16:30 in the COSLA Conference Centre, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH.

Our judging panel includes a number of experts from across the media, local and national government, the Scottish Parliament and the private sector. Each of our panellists are well placed to spot the innovative and leading practices in all of the applications.