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Community councils

The role of community councils is to express the views of the community to local authorities and other public bodies, and to take action in the interests of its community.


About Community Councils

West Lothian Council is required by law to have a Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils in its area.   However, community councils are not part of the council's structure - they are independent bodies who run their own affairs.

The council arranges the community council elections which take place every 4 years in September or October.  The last elections took place on 26 October 2017.   There is provision for 41 community councils in West Lothian, of which there are currently 34 in operation.  A list of the office bearers can be found in the related document section of this page.

The council provides basic annual grant funding and advice to community councils but what a community council does once it has been established, is a matter for each community council to determine.

In 2018, a new Joint Forum of West Lothian Community Councils was set up. The aims of the Joint Forum are to share knowledge and experience on subjects of common interest to all community councils.  Once formally recognised, it also hopes to formulate questions for the council's Policy Development and Scrutiny Panels and to influence community planning decisions.  Contact details for the Joint Forum can be found on the community council contact list at the related documents section of this page.

The Community Council Liaison Officer is able to provide advice and assistance. The council's Liaison Officer is Lorraine McGrorty who is based at West Lothian Civic Centre in Livingston. Telephone 01506 281609 or e-mail

Community Council Scheme and Supporting Information

The Scheme for Establishment of Community Councils in West Lothian sets out the basic rules which all community councils in West Lothian are expected to comply with.

Following extensive public consultation, a new scheme was adopted by the council on 24th February 2015.  It is supplemented by a Code of Conduct which all community councillors must abide by and a model constitution/ & standing orders which all community councils automatically adopt.

All of the documents can be found at the related documents section on this page.

Community Council Privacy Notice

The council has provided an updated privacy notice which gives more information on the data we hold about community council members and what we do with that data.  The notice can be viewed here word icon Community Council Privacy Notice [68kb]


Joint Forum of Community Councils in West Lothian

All active community councils in West Lothian are invited to get involved with the Joint Forum of Community Councils in West Lothian.  Membership is free and meetings are open to all community councillors.  The Joint Forum arranges two conferences per year on subjects of importance to community councils across the district.  They have a sub-group which meets monthly to keep up to date with current subjects and to formulate the agenda and speakers for forthcoming conferences.

The next conference will take place on Thursday 21st November 2019 at 6.30pm in the Council Chambers, West Lothian Civic Centre, Livingston.

More information and contact details for the Joint Forum can be found on their website at