13 March: Going Local Conference

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The 2014 COSLA and Improvement Service Annual Conference took place on  13 and 14 March 2014 in St. Andrews.  It was an opportunity for the Commission to expose its ideas to broader scrutiny and thinking.

The first day of the Conference was  designed around the propositions that have so far emerged from the Commission’s work.   You can watch webcasts of all of the sessions by selecting the name of the appropriate presenter, and view their presentation where available.


Click on the names to watch webcasts of each presentation



Professor Richard Kerley  (Presentation)


Decentralisation and Aggregation 

Colin Mair, Improvement Service (Presentation)

Alasdair Hay, Chief Fire Officer, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service 

Pam Duncan, Independent Living in Scotland  (Presentation)


Participation and Representation

Councillor Gary Robinson, Leader, Shetland Islands Council  

Angus Hardie, Director, Scottish Community Alliance   

Young Scot 


Local Fiscal Empowerment

Panel Session

Councillor Kevin Keenan, COSLA

Geoff Mawdsley, Director, Reform Scotland

Don Peebles, Head of CIPFA Scotland

Councillor Jim Gifford, Leader, Aberdeenshire Council


Differential Devolution

Councillor Jim Fletcher, Leader, East Renfrewshire Council  (Presentation)

Dr Steven Heddle, Leader, Orkney Islands Council  (Presentation)

Councillor Johanna Boyd, Leader, Stirling Council  


Local Decision Making

Jeremy Smith, Director, Advocacy International   (Presentation)

Sigga Jacobsen, Royal Danish Embassy  (Presentation)


First Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone speaking on “Localism or more Stalinism” 



You can also watch short interviews with Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning, and Sarah Boyack MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Local Government, giving their perspectives on the conference.