Fairer Scotland event for Community Councils 1: Context – Marco Biagi MSP

Context for the Fairer Scotland Event – Marco Biagi MSP

Mr Biagi said a lot of things I liked to hear. He quoted the calculation from our 2012 report (PDF – see page 5) that arguably only 4% of Scotland’s electorate could vote in recent CC elections – the others were all uncontested due to lack of candidates. He is clearly interested in better mechanisms for local democracy and social justice (a priority for the SG), and looked forward to delegates’  views. He noted that one had come from Oban (100 miles each way) and appreciated that CC members are volunteers who may well have taken the day off work to attend this event.

I can’t help doing a little spreadsheet-wrangling at this point, using our list of CCs from 2014 and the registration list issued a day or so before the event.

LA active CCs delegates % of active CCs represented
Aberdeen 24 0 0%
Aberdeenshire 68 0 0%
Angus 24 1 4%
Argyll and Bute 54 5 9%
Clackmannanshire 9 1 11%
Dumfries and Galloway 90 2 2%
Dundee 8 0 0%
East Ayrshire 30 2 7%
East Dunbartonshire 12 2 17%
East Lothian 20 0 0%
East Renfrewshire 10 6 60%
Edinburgh 43 4 9%
Eilean Siar 25 0 0%
Falkirk 17 0 0%
Fife 84 4 5%
Glasgow 78 23 29%
Highland 153 0 0%
Inverclyde 9 2 22%
Midlothian 16 1 6%
Moray 15 0 0%
North Ayrshire 11 0 0%
North Lanarkshire 37 1 3%
Orkney 20 0 0%
Perth and Kinross 46 3 7%
Renfrewshire 22 5 23%
Scottish Borders 67 0 0%
Shetlands 18 0 0%
South Ayrshire 26 2 8%
South Lanarkshire 34 3 9%
Stirling 41 1 2%
West Dunbartonshire 11 3 27%
West Lothian 36 2 6%
Totals 1158 73 6%

I understand why distant LAs were unrepresented – none of the delegates at my table could claim travel expenses, and some had taken time off work hence losing either a day’s holiday or some pay. I think there’s a lesson there for future CC events. I’m  disappointed that there were only 4 Edinburgh representatives, including me – and I’m not an elected or co-opted CC member. (I’m minutes secretary and web-weaver for 3 Edinburgh CCs, so I think I do enough.)

 

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