2019 Reviews of Electoral Arrangements

On 14 January 2019 the Commission announced the commencement of its reviews of electoral arrangements for the six council areas specified in the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018.

These are Argyll and Bute Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highland Council, North Ayrshire Council, Orkney Islands Council and Shetland Islands Council.

The reviews will result in recommendations for the number of councillors on each council and the number and boundaries of wards for the election of those councillors.

The new islands legislation allows for use of 1 or 2 member wards, in addition to the current multi-member wards, where a ward includes an inhabited island.

The Commission will conduct the reviews in two phases, focussing first on Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands council areas. It will then review Argyll and Bute, Highland and North Ayrshire council areas.

On 20 March 2019 the Commission began a 2-month consultation with councils on its initial proposals for electoral arrangements with Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands council areas.
The Commission considered the responses from the Councils at its meeting of 17 June 2019, they can be viewed here: http://lgbc-scotland.gov.uk/2019-meeting-minutes-and-papers.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland has begun (on Tuesday 10 September) a public consultation on proposals for councillor numbers and ward boundaries in Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands council areas. The consultation will run until Monday 2 December 2019.

Further details of the Commission's proposals are available below or to have your say on the Commission's proposals visit the Review consultation portals at:

https://consult.lgbc-scotland.gov.uk/reviews/na-h-eileanan-an-iar-electo...
https://consult.lgbc-scotland.gov.uk/reviews/orkney-islands-electoral-re...
https://consult.lgbc-scotland.gov.uk/reviews/shetland-islands-electoral-...

Supporting Information

Islands Reviews commence (14 January 2019)

Consultation with Councils on initital proposals begins (20 March 2019)

Electorate Data and methodology for forecasting electorate

Islands (Scotland) Act 2018, see Part 4

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Public Consultation News Release (10 September 2019)

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Public Consultation Map

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Public Consultation Map - All Wards

Orkney Islands Council Public Consultation News Release (10 September 2019)

Orkney Islands Public Consultation Map

Orkney Islands Public Consultation Map - All Wards

Shetland Islands Council Public Consultation News Release (10 September 2019)

Shetland Islands Public Consultation Map

Shetland Islands Public Consultation Map - All Wards

Islands Review Guidance Booklet

Development of Proposals (meeting papers) - 2019 Reviews