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The Role and Effectiveness of Community Councils with Regard to Community Consultation

A report prepared for the Commission on Local Government and the Scottish Parliament by the Scottish Office Central Research Unit in June 1999 - the full report can be found here.

Extracts from the report are available on this website - click on linked sections below.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements

List of Tables

1. Executive Summary

2. Introduction

  • Background
  • Research aims
  • Previous research
  • Research methods
  • Case study authorities
  • This report

3. Community Councils in Context

  • Introduction
  • Legal and administrative framework
  • Numbers and coverage of community councils
  • Geographical differences
  • Funding and resources
  • The composition of community councils
  • Summary

4. The Role of Community Councils

  • Introduction
  • Statutory role and status
  • Activities
  • Liaison and consultation
  • Local authorities and community consultation
  • Roles and community consultation

5. The Effectiveness of Community Councils as Community Consultees

  • Introduction
  • The membership of community councils
  • Representing local views
  • The response of local authorities and other public bodies
  • Achieving influence and improvements
  • Effectiveness as community consultees

6. Conclusions

References

Annex 1 Questionnaire for postal survey of local authorities

Annex 2 Categorisation of local authority areas

The views expressed in this report are those of the researchers and do not necessarily represent those of the Department or the Secretary of State for Scotland.

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