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Scottish Local Authorities' Decision Making and Governance Arrangements

The Improvement Service has pulled together information on Scottish local authorities' decision making and governance arrangements. The information should help local authorities to see the different governance arrangements in place across all 32 councils. It should also help public service partner organisations as well as local people understand how their local authority makes decisions and what arrangements are in place for effective governance and scrutiny.


The information was collected via desk-based research and surveys, while interviews with a small number of elected members and council officers helped inform the understanding of how local authorities make decisions and scrutinise performance.


The information on this page was accurate at the time of collection. Please let us know if any of the information contained on these pages requires updating by contacting


Local Authority

The following pages provide a brief summary of each local authorities political control, main decision making bodies, scrutiny arrangements as well as demographic and geographic information. More detailed information on each local authorities arrangements are also available to download from each summary page.


David Barr

Project Manager

Tel. 01506 283778

Email David

Nicholas Cassidy

Research Officer

Tel. 01506 283775

Email Nicholas


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