Scottish Local Government Explained 2022

Local Government Explained

In Partnership with COSLA

“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 is also 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 have delivered this event in partnership with COSLA. By watching on demand 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.

Richard Kerley
Richard Kerley
Queen Margaret University, Centre for Scottish Public Policy
Ben Macpherson
Ben Macpherson MSP
Scottish Government
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Cllr. Frances Murray
Western Isles Council
Steven Heddle
Cllr. Steven Heddle
COSLA
Katie Hagmann
Cllr. Katie Hagmann
COSLA
Grant Thoms
Formerly at Glasgow City Council
Paul Godzik
Formerly at Edinburgh City Council
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Ken Macintosh
Presiding Officer, 2016 - 2021
Prof. Sir John Curtice
University of Strathclyde
Cllr. Alison Evison
Aberdeenshire Council

Former Councillors, Grant Thoms and Paul Godzik will be running this session and teaching you everything you need to know about how you can effectively engage with local government.

6 months on from the local government elections, we will be hearing from Professor Sir John Curtice about what the results mean for Scotland’s political landscape. 

Join the Minister for Social Security and Local Government, Ben Macpherson MSP, for a Q&A session. Find out more about the Minister’s role and how he and his team engage with local authorities across Scotland.

More than 10 years on from the publication of the Christie Commission, in this session we will be thinking about whether we have delivered on the principles laid out in it. Panellists will also discuss current and future levels of local government engagement in national policymaking and how we can better involve local communities.

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