A local champion: Gail Macgregor

A local champion: Gail Macgregor

By: Kerry Lorimer (published in Public Finance magazine)


Article published: 
Mon, 04/11/2019 - 17:00

COSLA unveils human trafficking guidance for Scottish local authorities

COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson Councillor Kelly Parry has launched new human trafficking guidance for Scotland’s 32 local authorities.


Speaking at the Anti-Slavery Day Stakeholder Forum in Edinburgh, Councillor Parry said:


“Human trafficking and exploitation have been reported in all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities. The victims of these atrocious crimes, men, women and children of any nationality, suffer unthinkable psychological and physical abuse.


Article published: 
Fri, 18/10/2019 - 08:48

President of COSLA writes to Speaker of the House of Commons

The President of COSLA, Councillor Alison Evison has this week written to The Rt Honourable John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons condemning the use of inflammatory language by Members of Parliament over the last few weeks

The decision to write to the Speaker came following the most recent meeting of Council Leaders in Edinburgh.  

Council Leaders felt that the language used in the Palace of Westminster over the last while encouraged hate speech, verbal abuse and the threat of physical violence.

Article published: 
Thu, 03/10/2019 - 16:00

New Guidance on Family Leave for Councillors

New guidance on Family Leave for Councillors has been agreed by Council Leaders for circulation to Scottish Councils for them to consider adopting on a voluntary basis.

Developing the diversity of elected members is a key COSLA priority and a Barriers to Elected Office Special Interest Group, chaired by COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison, has been formed to actively progress this agenda.

Elected members currently have no legal right to family leave of any kind; this barrier disproportionally impacts women who currently make up just 29% of Scottish Councillors.

Article published: 
Thu, 03/10/2019 - 16:00

Time to invest in unique role of Local Government says COSLA

COSLA to tell Committee that serious financial challenges lie ahead.

To ensure sustainable communities across Scotland, Local Government’s unique role in designing and delivering the vital services which underpin and provide the lifeblood to communities must be given recognition and investment Councillor Gail Macgregor and senior officials from COSLA will tell the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee today (Wednesday).  

Article published: 
Tue, 24/09/2019 - 23:01

President responds to end of Freedom of Movement

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said this afternoon (Monday): “COSLA and Scottish Local Government have worked hard to reassure EU citizens that they are welcome in Scotland and we value the contribution they make to our economy and communities. Unfortunately, this announcement differs from those we have received previously and may well reinforce people’s fears and concerns about Brexit.

Article published: 
Wed, 21/08/2019 - 08:32

COSLA response to HMICS Report on Football

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said that she was delighted with today’s (Tuesday) report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland that shows councils have responded quickly and positively to an Independent Review of Football Policing from earlier this year.

Councillor Evison said: “Today’s report is a clear signal of the good, solid progress councils have made in terms of consolidating safety within our football stadia –  following the report into “An Independent Review of Football Policing in Scotland.”

Article published: 
Wed, 21/08/2019 - 08:29

The short list for the 2019 COSLA Excellence Awards is now available

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

Article published: 
Wed, 14/08/2019 - 08:07

COSLA comment on the National Transport Strategy Consultation

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said: "COSLA has worked with the Scottish Government on the development of the new National Transport Strategy. Whilst we support its commitment to protect our climate and improve lives, we also recognise that more work will be required if we are to achieve a sustainable, inclusive and accessible transport system.

"We would therefore encourage all those with an interest in the future of our transport system to have their say as part of the consultation.”

Article published: 
Wed, 31/07/2019 - 12:17

Long-list announced for the 2019 COSLA Excellence Awards

Applications for the 2019 COSLA Excellence Awards have now been marked and we are ready to publish the 2019 long-list.


If your project is listed below then congratulations! You have made it to the penultimate round. Our team of internal judges will now screen the top 10 applications from each of the five categories and a further short-list (top three from each category) will be announced on August 14th.

Article published: 
Tue, 30/07/2019 - 15:34