Convention of Scottish Local Authorities

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The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) is the national association of Scottish councils and acts as an employers' association for its member authorities.

Formed in 1975, COSLA exists to promote and protect the interests of the country's councils by providing a forum for discussion of matters of common concern. COSLA ascertains the views of member councils and communicates these to central government, other bodies and the public.

It is the successor to the Convention of Royal Burghs, an organisation which dated back to the 12th Century, but was dissolved after the local government changes of the 1970s.

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