In January 2019 the Commission announced the commencement of its reviews of electoral arrangements for the six council areas specified in the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018. These are Argyll and Bute Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highland Council, North Ayrshire Council, Orkney Islands Council and Shetland Islands Council.
The reviews will result in recommendations for the number of councillors on each council and the number and boundaries of wards for the election of those councillors.
The islands legislation allows for use of 1 or 2 member wards, in addition to the current multi-member wards, where a ward includes an inhabited island. The Scottish Elections (Reform) Act 2020 allows the use of 2 and 5 member wards across Scotland as well as the current 3 and 4, while also retaining the use of single member wards where these contain an inhabited island.
The Commission is conducting the reviews in two phases, focussing first on Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands council areas, before reviewing Argyll and Bute, Highland and North Ayrshire council areas.
The Commission consulted on its proposals for councillor numbers and ward boundaries for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands council areas in 2019.
The Commission consulted with Argyll and Bute, Highland and North Ayrshire Councils from July to September 2020 and from 4 November 2020 began a 12 week public consultation with those council areas.
Further details of the Commission's proposals for Argyll and Bute, Highland and North Ayrshire council areas are available on its consultation site: consult.lgbc-scotland.gov.uk. The Commission will consider all responses to its consultations before developing its final recommendations and submitting these to Scottish Ministers in 2021.
News Release - Argyll and Bute council area (Nov 2020)
News Release - Highland council area (Nov 2020)
News Release - North Ayrshire council area (Nov 2020)
Summary of Proposals - Maps - Argyll and Bute council area
Summary of Proposals - Maps - Highland council area
Summary of Proposals - Maps - North Ayrshire council area
Islands Review Guidance Booklet (Argyll & Bute, Highland, North Ayrshire council areas
Islands Reviews commence (14 January 2019)
Electorate Data and methodology for forecasting electorate
Islands (Scotland) Act 2018, see Part 4
Scottish Elections (Reform) Act 2020
Development of Proposals (meeting papers) - 2019 Reviews
Link to LGiU podcast 15 minutes with Ronnie Hinds on the Islands Boundary Reviews