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COSLA CONFERENCE: REVIEW, RENEWAL & REFRESHING

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The key issues currently influencing local government in Scotland come under the microscope at COSLA's annual confe...
The key issues currently influencing local government in Scotland come under the microscope at COSLA's annual conference next month.

Review, Renewal and Refreshing is the theme of Conference 2000 - which also marks COSLA's 25th anniversary - and amongst a range of subjects, delegates will be looking at modernising government, community planning, best value and social inclusion.

Speakers include first minister Donald Dewar and Scottish executive ministers Frank McAveety, Wendy Alexander and Jack McConnell. The Irish republic's minister for the environment and local government, Noel Dempsey, will also speak, giving an international perspective on changes in local government.

Bill Spiers of the STUC, Alistair MacNish of the leadership advisory panel and Paul Griffiths from the Welsh Local Government Association will all take sessions during the conference.

COSLA president Norman Murray says that the conference theme reflects all that is happening in local government: 'Scotland needs a strong and vibrant local government community with a strong voice which is recognised as a partner with other tiers of government and which delivers high quality, cost effective services.

'I believe that COSLA, along with our member councils and in partnership with the Scottish Executive, the voluntary sector and a range of other agencies, can build a Scotland in which local government plays a vital part.

'COSLA's annual conference gives the Scottish local government community the opportunity to come together to learn from each other, exchange information and move the local government agenda forward.'

COSLA's Conference 2000 takes place from Wednesday March 22 until Friday March 24, 2000, at the Crieff Hydro Hotel. A copy of the programme follows.

COSLA CONFERENCE 2000

PROGRAMME

Wednesday March 22, 2000

12 noon Fringe meetings

2 p.m. Welcome Councillor Norman Murray, president, COSLA

2.10 p.m. The future for local government in Scotland, Frank McAveety, Scottish executive deputy minister for local government

2.50 p.m. Reflections on change north and south, Professor Gerry Stoker, University of Strathclyde

3.50 p.m. Workshops -

Involving people in civic life, Bill Spiers, STUC

Paying councillors - why, how much and what for? Paul Griffiths, head of corporate affairs, Welsh Local Government Association

Changes in local government's electoral system, Professor Bill Miller, University of

Glasgow

9.30 p.m. After dinner speaker Donald Dewar, first minister

Thursday March 23, 2000

9.15 a.m. Work of the leadership advisory panel, Alistair MacNish, chair, leadership advisory panel

10 a.m. Social inclusion: making it happen, Wendy Alexander, minister for communities

11.30 a.m. Workshops

Community planning: key policy for the future, led by Glasgow Alliance

Delivering best value: A case study, Fiona Lees, depute chief executive, East Ayrshire Council

Health Improvement: the role of councils, Dermot Gorman & Morag Hamil, COSLA

12.30 p.m. Fringe meetings

1.45 p.m. Community planning in Scotland - Steve Rodgers, INLOGOV

3.30 p.m. International perspectives on change in local government: the Irish experience. Noel Dempsey, minister for the environment & local government. The Republic of Ireland

Liam Kenny, director of the General Council of County Councils of Ireland

Friday March 24, 2000

10.15 a.m. Meeting of the convention

11.30 a.m. Keynote address:Jack McConnell, finance minister

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