The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland has begun reviews of Scotland’s local government electoral arrangements.
The Commission meets first with each individual council to discuss the review which is likely to result in recommendations for the number of councillors on each council and the number and boundaries of wards for the election of those councillors.
They will not look at the external boundaries of council areas.
The last review was completed in 2006 following the introduction of multi-member wards for Scottish council elections.
For the first time the levels of deprivation and population distribution will be taken into account by the Boundary Commission when considering the number of councillors for each council. Using these factors, similar councils will be grouped together for the purpose of determining councillor numbers.