Background information on Community Councils in Scotland

Reading and fixing this may be a nice diversion for democracy nerds who are feeling a little bit overwhelmed by IndyRef.

In the course of researching how community councillors have been using the internet, we’ve had to document how community councils work, and relate to local government in Scotland. I thought it would be worth pulling this knowledge together – so I’ve now added a static page on Community Councils to this.

Possible extensions include:

  • comparisons with Parish Councils in England – and with the equivalents in other EU countries
  • A summary of the many attempts are reviewing, renewing and reforming Community Councils in Scotland.

However, I want to keep the focus on information systems and use of technology. There are already plenty of good local participation blogs out there!

Enjoy (in a quiet way).


About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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