Convention of Scottish Local Authorities

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities is the national association of Scottish councils and acts as an employers' association for its 32 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. In 2015, four Labour-run local authorities left COSLA to form a new organisation, the Scottish Local Government Partnership, they all rejoined in 2017. Sally Loudon Rory Mair Oona Aitken Douglas Sinclair Roy MacIvor Alison Evison David O’Neil Pat Watters Norman Murray Keith Geddes Rosemary McKenna COSLA's headquarters are located at Verity House, Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh. Membership consists of all 32 councils in Scotland.

COSLA employs around 96 members of staff across its policy teams. COSLA's staff is led by its Chief Executive, Sally Loudon, supported by a Director for Integration and Development, James Fowlie, an Acting Head of Resources, Vicki Bibby, Acting Head of Policy, Jane O'Donnell; each of the teams is led by a Chief Officer. Collectively, they support COSLA's Spokespeople and Presidential Team, COSLA's decision making structures; the political leadership of COSLA consists of a president, a vice-president, five spokespersons, all of whom are councillors from the main political parties and independents. The president and vice-president are the chair and vice chair of Convention and COSLA Leaders' meetings. There are five spokespersons; the Resources Spokesperson reports directly to council leaders. COSLA's political leadership consists of: President Councillor Alison Evison Vice President Graham Houston Children and Young People Spokesperson Councillor Stephen McCabe Environment and Economy Spokesperson Councillor Steven Heddle Health and Social Care Spokesperson Councillor Stuart Currie Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor Community Wellbeing Spokesperson Councillor Kelly Parry As a politically led, cross-party organisation, COSLA's decision making system is designed to put member councils at the heart of the policy development process.

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities sets the strategic direction of the organisation and to discuss emerging priorities. Convention members reflect the political meet twice a year. COSLA Leaders Scotland's 32 council leaders meet eight times a year to focus on delivering COSLA's priorities and debate and agree its approach. Policy Boards COSLA's four policy boards are responsible for policy delivery; each board is chaired by a spokesperson and includes a representative from every member council and relevant professional associations. Special Interest Groups Special interest groups look at specific policies. A network of special interest groups take forward specific policy and work and focus on key issues in detail; the Local Government Finance Team seeks to ensure Councils receive adequate funding for local government services. Throughout the team’s work, fiscal empowerment for local government is an overarching theme, linking directly with the strategic objective of strengthening local democracy.

The team has a key role in ensuring that local government is represented robustly and with authority in financial negotiations and discussions with both Scottish Government and Parliament and to ensure that financial flexibility is promoted at all levels. The team works closely with professional advisers, such as local authority Directors of Finance and Chief Executives, to identify potential and current pressures and to provide a range of advice and recommendations to elected members on resource issues; the current financial climate presents many challenges for local government and the team works to advance the interests of local government in these financial discussions. The Children and Young People Team leads on education and children’s services for COSLA, its remit covers most aspects of a child’s life from pre-birth through to post 16 education and into the world of work. The team's work includes pre-school and secondary education; the team works with education, economic development, human resource and social work professionals in ADES, SLAED, SPDS and SWS to develop policy.

The Communities Team’s remit is to "promote the wellbeing and safety of communities across Scotland by securing the policies and resources to enable councils to respond flexibly to local needs in promoting safe, healthy cohesive and active communities.

Wind in the Wire

Wind in the Wire is the eighth studio album released by American country music artist Randy Travis. Released in 1993 on Warner Bros. Records, the album was made to accompany a television series entitled Wind in the Wire. Two of the album's singles — "Cowboy Boogie" and the title track — entered the Billboard country music charts, peaking at #46 and #65 making this the first album of Travis's career not to produce any Top 40 hits in the United States. "Cowboy Boogie", was a #10 on the RPM Country Tracks charts in Canada. In addition, this album is one of three albums not to be produced by Travis' longtime record producer, Kyle Lehning. "Down at the Old Corral" – 3:17 "Cowboy Boogie" – 2:48 "Blue Mesa" – 2:59 "Memories of Santa Fe" – 3:18 "Roamin' Wyomin'" – 2:30 "Wind in the Wire" – 3:29 "The Old Chisholm Trail" – 3:06 "Paniolo Country" – 2:37 "Hula Hands" – 2:12 "Beyond the Reef" – 2:30