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“Public services are important to us all but are of particular importance in protecting the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society. They are central to achieving the fair and just society to which we aspire.” (Dr Campbell Christie)
With a budget of £13.8 billion, and a workforce of over 200,000, Scotland’s 32 Councils deliver a range of vital services to a population of 5.5 million people. While there will always be challenges to service delivery, councils have worked under even greater pressure in recent years, from responding to the UK’s exit from the EU to COVID-19.
As we begin to recover from the pandemic, the aim is not to return to the pre-pandemic status quo but to build back better and stronger. This is more important than ever as we look to transition to net zero, implement wide-reaching policy reforms and tackle the cost-of-living crisis. To do this, local government will need to engage positively with its external stakeholders – including the Scottish Government and third sector – and vice-versa.
If you want to understand how you can better work with colleagues in Scottish Local Government, this event is for you. It will also be relevant to those working in Scottish councils who want to refresh their knowledge of council structures and operations and improve ways of working with key stakeholders.
Six months on from the Scottish local elections, we are delighted to be delivering this event in partnership with COSLA. By attending you will learn everything you need to know 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
Scottish Local Government Explained is part of Holyrood Events’ Politics Explained series.