Frequently Asked Questions - The Commission
These Frequently Asked Questions provide information about us and our work. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for in the sections above, contact us using the details at the bottom left of each page.
What is the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland?
We are a public body which is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations for ward and local authority boundaries for Scotland. There's more information on the home page of this website. We make recommendations to Scottish Ministers, who are responsible for how those recommendations are implemented. Our job is defined by the law surrounding our work. We are also responsible for determining boundaries of Scottish Parliament constituencies and regions.
Who is on the Commission?
We are made up of a Chair, Deputy Chair and up to 4 other Commissioners. There are details of who the Commissioners are on the website. We are supported by a Secretariat made up of a small number of staff. The website has contact details for us and our Secretariat at the bottom of each page.
When do you review local authority areas?
We are required to review local authority areas periodically. The interval between reviews is set in legislation, and can be modified by Scottish Ministers. We will also consider any request that we receive to review a particular local authority area boundary. The current legislation and any current Directions from Ministers are on the Legislation section of this website.
When do you review electoral wards?
We are required to review electoral ward boundaries every 8 to 12 years. We can also carry out a review of ward boundaries at other times if the need arises. The legislation about electoral ward reviews is on the Legislation section of this website.
Who funds the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland?
We are funded by the Scottish Government.
What about other parts of the United Kingdom?
We only work in Scotland. There are similar Commissions for England, for Wales and for Northern Ireland. There are links to the websites of each of those organisations on this website.
What's the Boundary Commission for Scotland, and is it anything to do with you?
The Boundary Commission for Scotland is a separate body which is responsible for reviewing UK Parliament constituency boundaries in Scotland. Full details are available on the Boundary Commission for Scotland website. The Secretariat supports both Commissions, and so the address and phone numbers for both Commissions are the same.
How can I complain if I feel the Commission has not acted correctly?
We follow the Scottish Government's complaints procedure which is explained on the Scottish Government website at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/About/Contacts/Have-Your-Say/Making-Complaints, and which sets out the process for making a complaint.