Community Councils in Scotland were established in the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.
Part IV of this Act, Section 51 states “(2) In addition to any other purpose which a community council may pursue the general purpose of a community council shall be to. ascertain, co-ordinate and express to the legal authorities for its area, and to public authorities, the views of the community which it represents, in relation to matters for which these authorities are responsible, and to take such action in the interests of that community as appears to it to be expedient and practicable.”
Although there have been several governmental reviews of community councils in Scotland since then, this stated purpose has remained and is reasserted by the current Scottish Government.
Community Councils should also ” represent all people in the area without prejudice: they should be non-party political and non-sectarian. They must represent a full cross-section of the community and encourage the involvement of all peoples irrespective of gender, race, age, disability, nationality or sexual orientation.”.
In Edinburgh, CCs are governed by the City Council’s Scheme for Community Councils, which directs the election, formation and running of a CC.
You can find out more about Community Councils from a website created by the National Improvement Service in collaboration with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) and the Scottish Government. Incidentally, the umbrella logo for the site was chosen through a competition for CCs, which Morningside won!