History of Community Councils

History of Community Councils

A framework for setting up Community Councils in Scotland was created by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. This was updated by the 1994 Act.

Under the Act it is the Local Authority’s responsibility to draw up a Scheme for setting up Community Councils within their area.

The Scheme sets out the framework under which Community Councils can be formed and how they will operate.

Community Councils have a unique status. They are voluntary bodies but are created within a statutory framework.

The statutory purposes of Community Councils, as set out in the Local Government Acts, is as follows:

“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 local authorities for its area, and to public authorities, the views of the community which it represents, in relation to matters for which those authorities are responsible, and to take such action in the interests of that community as appears to it to be expedient and practicable”