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West Lothian Citizens Panel

West Lothian Citizens Panel was established in 1999 and is supported by the Community Planning Partnership. The panel was set up to help identify people's views on various aspects relating to living in West Lothian. The Council and its partners - organisations like NHS Lothian, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, West Lothian College and the Voluntary Sector know it is important to become more knowledgeable about local people's views and opinions about a whole range of issues relating to living in West Lothian. The Citizens Panel is one way that local people can express their views.

Membership of the panel is on a voluntary basis.  Individuals are either invited onto the Panel through random selection or can request to be involved themselves.  The panel is refreshed every three years to ensure that it is representative of the West Lothian population and to give other West Lothian residents the opportunity to take part. The panel was refreshed in 2013 and now has around 3000 members. The demographic profile of the panel indicates that is is representative of the West Lothian population in terms of age, gender, tenure, ethnicity and multi member ward.

We are currently recruiting new members on to the Citizens Panel.  If you are interested in joining, please apply using the online application form.

Quality of Life Survey

Quality of Life surveys are carried out with the panel every 3 years.  This survey asks a wide range of questions around a whole range of issues about life in West Lothian. Topics covered include West Lothian's economy, community safety, health, travel and the environment.  The last pdf icon Quality of Life Survey [703kb] was carried out in 2013. Three volumes of analysis reports have been developed;

The pdf icon Citizens Panel Newsletter 2014 [1Mb]gives information on the findings of the Quality of Life Survey 2013 and outlines some of the things that the Council and partners are doing as a result of the findings.

If you would like more information about the Citizens Panel,please contact Research Resource on 01416416410