Representing the Community
Councillors are elected by you, the local community, and are responsible for making decisions on your behalf about local services. Your Councillor is there to represent your views and opinions, support local organisations, campaign on local issues, and develop links with all parts of the community.
Your Local Councillor can be contacted by telephone, email, or in person.
Scottish Local Government consists of 1,222 elected councillors operating within 32 unitary Scottish Local Authorities.
At the Midlothian local council elections in 2012, the Scottish National Party formed a ruling coalition with the support of independent member Peter de Vink. The 18 councillors elected Councillor Bob Constable as Leader.
The annual salary of a Scottish elected councillor is set nationally by the Scottish Local Authorities Remuneration Committee. Local councillors are also eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme, and are entitled to reimbursement of receipted travel and subsistence expenses incurred while undertaking Council duties.
The Local Government (Allowances and Expenses) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 as amended, require us to keep a record of all payments made to elected councillors and to publish the information for the preceding financial year.
Declaration of Interests
The Councillors Code of Conduct is enforced by the Standards Commission and is a statutory document which applies to all Local Authority councillors in Scotland. It sets out clearly the standards councillors must apply when undertaking their Council duties.
The Code of Conduct requires elected councillors to declare publically all financial interests and important non-financial interests.