The COSLA paper has been issued to all councils and a wide range of partner organisations with whom COSLA interacts.
The paper is in two parts. The first sets COSLA in context and reviews the impact and effectiveness of the changes made as a result of the last review of COSLA - the Vice Presidents' Report of 1995. The second considers the implications of the Scottish parliament and the Scottish executive for COSLA.
Commenting following the launch of the paper, COSLA president, Keith Geddes said: 'The establishment of the Scottish parliament will have significant implications for local government in Scotland, but it will also have implications for COSLA, local government's national organisation.
'Thus the consultation paper has been supplemented by a questionnaire prepared by Alan Alexander of the Scottish Local Authority Management Centre.'
1. Responses to the consultation paper are to be submitted to COSLA by 28 February.
2. Copies of the full consultation paper are available from COSLA's public affairs office or from the COSLA website: www.cosla.gov.uk