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WHAT ARE COMM CO's

What Exactly Are Community Councils?

     Community Councils are Statutory Bodies:

    • They were created by the Local Government [Scotland] Act 1973
       
    • See also the Race Relations Act 2000 and European Parliament Laws
       
    • Community Councils have statutory rights and powers
       
    • CC's are treated by UK Government regulators on a par with English Parish Councils
       
    • Community Councils are elected by universal suffrage
       
    • Community Council operations are governed by LAW, and by local schemes that must be approved by the Scottish Government
       
    • Community Councils have status in Community Planning granted by the Local Government [Scotland] Act 2003
       

    Community Councils are NOT Voluntary Groups

    Community Councils are NOT Community Groups

    Community Councils are NOT a tier of Government

    • Standing for election to a local authority is voluntary, but that does not make them a voluntary group
       
    • Anyone can join a community group. Community Councillors must live in the area served by the Community Council and stand for election, or  elected, by registered voters
       
    • No community group stand for election, or elected, by the voters in procedures laid down in law.
       

    What does this MEAN?

    • Community Councils, and their elected members, should be considered, consulted and listened to as the elected representatives of the people
       
    • Community Councils should not be treated on a par with community or voluntary groups; they are the 'most local form of elected representation in Scotland' [Scot Government]
       
    • Community Councillors have a legal and ethical duty to truly represent their constituents - not promote their own personal opinions
       
    • Community Councils should act in a way that recognises their status and duty
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