Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)

The representative voice of Scottish local government

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COSLA, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, is the representative voice of Scottish local government and also acts as the employers’ association on behalf of all Scottish councils.

As a membership organisation, one of its highest priorities is to maintain and enhance its relationships with member Councils and the key principles. These principles are as follows:

  • Ensure strong working relationships with COSLA’s political structures to ensure that its work at officer level is led and prioritised by elected members.
  • Represent the local authority interest.
  • Fully involve member Councils and individual elected members, as appropriate, to ensure that it is doing the things local government would wish to see them do and vice versa.
  • Promote the local authority role / perspective; ensure that service delivery remains within a framework of local governance and protect against a centralising agenda.
  • Work with partner organisations where appropriate to deliver shared agendas, adding value through partnership, particularly in relation to the achievement of sustainability (economic, environmental & social).
  • Recognise the respective roles of central and local government and Brussels, influencing the formulation of policies to ensure their implementation delivers on local priorities and policies.
  • Ensure that constructive external relationships are maintained with partner organisations, including the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament and utilise relationships to promote a vibrant and positive local government agenda.
  • Ensure that COSLA adds value and avoids replicating the roles of member Councils in order to make the most effective use of expertise and resources to achieve effective outcomes for local government.


Verity House
19 Haymarket Yards
EH12 5DH

Phone: 0131 474 9200
Fax: 0131 474 9292

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