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About your council

Find out how the council is structured, information on council meetings, how decisions are made and how our services are performing.

West Lothian Council is a publicly accountable organisation. West Lothian Council is one of 32 Scottish unitary local authorities, serving a community of over 175,000 citizens in central Scotland. Thirty-three elected members (councillors) representing nine multi-member wards are elected every four years.

West Lothian Council's mission statement is -

"striving for excellence... working with and for our communities"

... and the following values demonstrate the practices West Lothian Council employees should adopt.

values - we are striving for excellence in:

  • focusing on our customers` needs
  • being honest, open and accountable
  • providing equality of opportunities
  • developing employees
  • making best use of our resources
  • working in partnership
  • Council Structure

    The council has a Chief Executive and three Depute Chief Executives. Each is responsible for service areas as shown:

  • Council minutes, meetings and agendas

    All information relating to council minutes, meetings and agendas is available via the Council Information System (CoIns)

  • Corporate Plan

    The Corporate Plan sets the strategic priorities for West Lothian Council from 2013 to 2017. These priorities are the focus for all council services in the next four years, as we work together to deliver better outcomes for West Lothian.

  • Council Performance

    The Council Performance section explains how well our services perform and how the council will improve services. This includes the way that the council collates, tracks and reports performance, explaining what this means and what action is needed to improve our service performance.

  • Emergency Planning

    The Emergency Planning Service is responsible for ensuring that the council has emergency response arrangements in place to enable it to respond effectively in times of crisis.

  • Civic Centre

    West Lothian's stunning Civic Centre is thought to be the biggest public sector partnership of its kind in the UK.

  • Associated Organisations

    Some local government activities are delivered by organisations associated with the council. Some of these organisations are wholly owned by West Lothian Council or are separate public bodies which are governed by one or more council. These bodies are also covered by FOISA and must adopt their own publication scheme.

  • Governance

    Governance is the system by which local authorities direct and control their functions and relate to their communities.

  • Concessions and Charges

    Information on concessions and charges - 2015/16 to 2017/18

  • Provost

    The Provost, Councillor Tom Kerr Ch.Eng., F.I.Mar.Eng. is the civic head of West Lothian.

  • Finance Information

    The Annual Accounts

  • Equality & Diversity

    Equality is relevant to us all. Addressing discrimination and promoting equality are everyone's core business.

  • Transforming Your Council - Budget measures, Priorities and Council Tax consultation

    It is expected that West Lothian Council will have to make estimated savings of £73 million over the next five years, resulting in changes to local services.