Event: Scottish Local Government Explained
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Hosted by: Holyrood Events in partnership with COSLA

Date:  2nd November 2022

Time:  10:00 – 15:00

Location:  Online

Local government sits at the heart of our communities, something that became even more apparent during the pandemic. Now, as we look to build back better and stronger, local government will need to engage positively with its external stakeholders – including the Scottish Government and third sector – and vice-versa. Holyrood Events are delighted to be partnering with COSLA to present this event six months on from the Scottish local elections.

Holyrood Events are hosting a new event in partnership with COSLA, as part of their popular ‘Politics Explained’ series.

Scottish Local Government Explained will be held online with a number of engaging and informative discussions and panels.

The event will be chaired by Ken Macintosh, Former Presiding Officer at the Scottish Parliament, the event will include a keynote address from Councillor Katie Hagmann, Spokesperson for Resources at COSLA.

Councillor Steven Heddle, COSLA's Vice President and former COSLA President Alison Evison will join “More than a Mechanism for Delivery: Empowering Local Communities” - a discussion session exploring the importance of local democracy.

The event is ideal for those new to local government and looking for an introduction to the landscape, as well as those keen to develop knowledge and understanding in this area.

Delegates will learn about:

  • What the 2022 election results mean for Scotland’s political landscape
  • What the role of local government is
  • How to influence and engage with it
  • How councils work with their national counterparts
  • Current challenges facing local government and potential reforms
  • What the future of local government could and should look like

Click here to book your place.