Local Government in Scotland
In 1995, local government in Scotland will be reorganised into 29 unitary
authorities, replacing the two tier system which has
existed since the last reorganisation of local goverment in 1974, following the
Local Government (Scotland) Act of 1973. Between 1974 and 1995 there were 9
Regional Authorities (divided into 53 District Councils) and 3 unitary Island
Councils. The 3 island authorities will be retained after 1995.
Prior to 1974, Scotland was divided into counties and the larger cities
were governed by City Corporations. The old counties are still used as
the basis of
In each case, these local government institutions are run by a body
of councillors, who are elected every four years.
Listed below are some of the local government sub-divisions which have been
Further details of the Unitary Authorities are given below: