What are Community Councils?

Here is the Wikipedia definition of a community council.

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.” (from COSLA’s Community Councils website.)

 Further information about Community Councils

Scotland’s Community Council’s Chewin’ the Fat – established in 2015 to help Scottish Community Councils keep in touch with each other.

A website about Community Councils created by IS  in collaboration with COSLA and the Scottish Government. (The Umbrella logo was MCC’s winning entry.)

The City of Edinburgh Council’s Scheme for Community Councils.   Information on the election, formation and running of a CC, including a Code of Conduct.

Local Democracy and Community Councils

Report on Forum for Community Councils in February 2014 as part of COSLA’s Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy.

Fairer Scotland – Community Councils Event, 16th September 2015

Answers to Q&A Session

Report of the event

Digital Engagement and Community Councils

Scottish Community Councils online – Bruce Ryan, Peter Cruickshank 2014

Local Democracy in Scotland

The Scottish Community Alliance – an organisation focussed on helping the community sector in Scotland.