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Have say on change to elected councillors

PEOPLE across Scotland are being given their say on plans to change the number of elected politicians on councils.

A new 12-week consultation on the number of councillors each local authority has began today.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland is proposing 15 of the country's 32 councils should have fewer elected representatives on them, while 11 areas should have more councillors and on six the number should remain the same.

It is proposed that Scotland's largest local authority, Glasgow City Council, should have 85 councillors instead of its current tally of 79, while Edinburgh City Council should gain an extra five councillors to take its total to 63.

Under the proposals, North Lanarkshire could get seven more councillors, with the Commission suggesting it should have 77 elected members.

It has also proposed that Highland Council should have 72 councillors, eight fewer than the authority has at the moment. Ronnie Hinds, chairman of the Commission, said they look forward to hearing the views of the public over the next 12 weeks.

A review of the number of wards on each council and the boundaries for these is due to be carried out by the Commission in 2015.

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