In the lead up to the local government elections in May 2017, the Improvement Service, in partnership with Scottish councils, produced a series of induction notebooks for elected members. The seven notebooks are designed to provide Scottish councillors with information, support and guidance to help them fulfil their role as elected members.
The notebooks cover a range of subjects, from what to expect in the first few weeks in office, to roles and responsibilities, to governance. Each notebook contains elected members’ own reflections and experiences of the issues discussed, as well as advice from serving councillors who share “what they wish they’d known”.
Each of Scotland’s 32 councils has been provided with its own versions of the notebooks that contain local, as well as national, links to useful documents and websites. The generic versions of the notebooks are available below.
Scotland's Councillors 2017-2022
A survey of councillors elected in 2017. It looks at the demographic profile of councillors and questions relating to their role, such as additional employment status, how councillor duties are managed and why they chose to stand for election.
Follow Me: A Guide to Social Media for Elected Members in Scotland
An introduction to what social media is and how councillors can use it for communication. This also contains brief guides to the most popular social media tools.