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Frequently Asked Questions - Process of Reviews

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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 process for your reviews?
The process that we follow for a review is largely defined by the law, and can be summarised as:

  • we decide whether to conduct a review
  • we form our proposals
  • we inform the affected local councils of our proposals, and consider any response from those councils
  • we publish the proposals for public consultation
  • we consider all representations made, hold local inquiries and produce revised recommendations if necessary
  • we submit our report to Scottish Ministers.

There is more detail of the Stages of a review on the Reviews in Progress section of the website.

How do I find out what is going on?
We publish information about our current work on our website through the News and Reviews in Progress sections, and on Facebook. At key stages of any review, we issue News Releases to newspapers and broadcasters, and place public notices in newspapers. At the public consultation stages of reviews, we make maps and other information about our proposals available for inspection at locations such as public libraries and council offices.

What is the overall objective of the Commission's work?
We are responsible for making recommendations "in the interests of effective and convenient local government" by means of alteration, constitution or abolition of a local government area, or by making changes in the electoral ward boundaries of a local government area. Details of the legislation are available on the website.

What are the rules for designing wards?
The rules for designing wards are set out in the law, and include:

  • the aim to produce wards where the electorate for each councillor is as close to the average as practical,
  • the need to fix boundaries which are and will remain easily identifiable,
  • consideration of any local ties which would be broken by fixing any particular boundary, and
  • each ward must elect either 3 or 4 councillors.

Details of the legislation that sets those rules are available on the website.

Can I have a say?
Yes. The public consultation process is designed to allow everyone to express their view on our proposals, either for or against. You can do this by letter or email, or using our contact details given on each page of the website. Views in support of our proposals are as important as those against.

Under what circumstances would the Commission hold a Local Inquiry?
The Commission normally holds a Local Inquiry when it considered that it does not have sufficient information to reach an informed decision about a particular area.

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