Published by the James Hutton Institute and funded by the Scottish Governments
Strategic Research Programme (20112016).
Community Councils (CCs) were
established as non-party-political, public representative bodies as part of the
Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. These councils are meant to act as the
bridge between Local Authorities (LAs) and communities, helping to make LAs and
other public bodies aware of the opinions and needs of the communities they represent.
This report presents the findings
of an in-depth study of Community Councils in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The
research set out to explore the achievements and challenges of CCs in Aberdeenshire
as seen from their point of view, and investigate how CCs are linked to other
community groups and the LA. The data were gathered from 21 interviews with 11
CCs, as well as through taking part in Community Council events such as CC
forums and CC training events (see Appendix 1). In total, the authors had
contact with 22 CCs in Aberdeenshire, in one form or another. The study was
funded by Scottish Government to investigate governance and decision making for
community empowerment in rural communities, with CCs seen to potentially play
an important role in community empowerment. The summary of findings below are organised
in sections which correspond to the body of the report.