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Community Council Briefing

All information previously circulated to Community Councils through the e-mail briefing can now be found on this page. 

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Implementation Of The Scheme Of Establishment For Community Councils 2018.  It Is Important For All Community Councillors To Read And/Or Be Made Aware Of This Notice Of The Changes To The Core Governance And Support Arrangements For Community Councils.


  1. Note implementation of the Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils 2018 and provision of support arrangements i.e. Guidance and Induction.

  2. Signing of new Constitution 2018.

    The City Administration Committee (CAC), at its meeting held on Thursday 13th December 2018, agreed to the implementation of the revised core governance documentation for community councils i.e. the Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils 2018 (hereafter 'the Scheme 2018').  The Scheme 2018 now forms the core governance arrangements for all community councils across Glasgow, and replaces the previous Scheme 2013. It should be understood that the Scheme 2018 forms the statutory framework within which all community councils are established and governed. The Guidance and Induction documents are intended to support the core governance. It should also be noted that it is intended for there to be an online Induction tool made available for existing and newer members to access at their convenience.

    In tandem with noting the above, all community councils are required to sign the new Constitution 2018, which forms part of the Scheme 2018. To this end, your community council will soon receive a hard copy of your community council's new Constitution 2018. The following should be checked before signing:

  • Front cover - check your community council name is correct;

  • Section 1a    - check your community council name is correct;

  • Section 5a - check your constituted membership number is correct;

  • Section 18a - the Chair and any other two members sign this section;

  • Section 18b - Do Not Sign! This section is for City Council Officer counter-signature.

    Following completion of your checks and signatures, the Constitution 2018 should be returned at the earliest opportunity, or ideally no later than Friday 15th March 2019. If you have any queries in the meantime please contact either Lawrence or myself:

Community Council Development Session - Saturday 23rd February 2019

Updated 17th January 2019

Steven Dowling would like to thank Community Councillors for their attendance during December 2018's Community Council Development Session (CCDS). The continued increased attendance (40) justified these events continuing to be held.  It is anticipated that the ongoing minimum attendance level for events during 2019 can be maintained as 40+, although the more the better; the current venue can hold 80 and if all Community Councils would send at least 1 rep then the venue would be at capacity.

The next CCDS to be held on Saturday 23rd February will include inputs from Community Justice Glasgow (Margaret Smith) and Participatory Budgeting (Evelyn O'Donnell); further details and an agenda will follow in due course. Please mark this date in your diary. It is confirmed that Veronica Low and Helen Carroll will act as Chair and Vice-chair respectively for the CCDS to be held on Saturady 23rd February.

Some further suggested content for future Sessions includes:

Bernadette MonaghanDirector of Community Empowerment & Equalities
Mount Florida and Craigton Community CouncilsParticipation Requests
Charettes (Pollokshields)Community Engagement
Improvement ServiceKnowledge Hub (Kristofer Boesen)
Public SpeakingBuilding Confidence
Glasgow City CouncilInsurance
Development & Regeneration Services (DRS)Planning
Glasgow Housing AssociationHousing Allocation Policy
Public ServicesExpansion & Improvement

The following Saturdays during 2019 are now confirmed as the dates for scheduled Community Council Development Sessions (CCDS):

  • 23rd February

  • 27th April

  • 22nd June

  • 21st September

  • 23rd November

Please ensure that all members of your community council are made aware of these dates and that regular reminders feature within your scheduled meetings.

Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 - Extension of Process for the Notification of Applications for Temporary Public Entertainment Licences for Certain Events in the City's Parks

At a meeting of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee on the 14 November 2018, the members agreed to extend the process for the notification for temporary public entertainment licences for certain events in the City's parks.

It was agreed that the relevant applications received from the 3 January 2019, to extend the notification requirements for applications for temporary public entertainment licences in respect of certain events in the city's parks to include neighbouring community councils and local elected members whose area or ward either bordered, or formed part of, the park.

The notification requirements would relate to major events with an anticipated capacity of 5,000 or more persons at any one time or to events intended to take place on 5 or more days under one temporary public entertainment licence.

Please find a link to the minute from the meeting for your information:

Give us Your Views on the Future of Health and Social Care Services in Glasgow - Consultation Closes 25th January 2019

Published 29th November 2018

Glasgow City Integration Joint Board's / Health and Social Care Partnership's current Strategic Plan for health and social care service in Glasgow is due to end in Spring 2019, and a draft of the Strategic Plan for 2019 - 2022 is now available for consultation.

As the population of Glasgow changes, the health and social care needs of the City also change. This means that we cannot keep delivering services in the same way.  We need to make sure that our priorities and actions meet the health and social care needs of Glasgow's people, not just for now but for the next three years. We are therefore keen to get feedback on the draft Strategic Plan from service users, patients, carers, community groups and organisations, the public and any organisations we work with.  Following the consultation, we will listen to what people tell us and then produce our final Strategic Plan for 2019-22.  We will let you know when this is ready.

Right now though, we would really like to hear your views on our draft Strategic Plan - you can find the draft plan and background information on our consultation page.  The draft plan is also attached.  We welcome your views and ask that you complete our short online survey.

Consultation Page / Online Survey

pdf icon Draft Strategic Plan 2019 - 2022 [837kb]

Green Infrastructure Fund - Round 3 Now Open - Closing Date For Applications - 28th January 2019

Published 25th October 2018

Dear Stakeholder

The Green Infrastructure Fund is now open for new applications.  The closing date will be 28th January 2019. 

As a result of feedback received following Rounds 1 and 2, we have made some changes to our guidance and application form, reducing and simplifying the information we ask you to provide.  Our revised guidance has been published on our website and can be viewed here.  Applicants should ensure that they comply with the most up to date versions of the guidance before submitting applications.

If you are considering applying and haven't already done so, please get in touch so we can arrange a support meeting with one of our Project and Funding Officers.

If you want to apply, please request a personalised application form by emailing

We look forward to hearing from you.

Consultation Invite - Glasgow Strategic Development Frameworks - River Clyde & Govan-Partick - Deadline 8th February 2019

Published 6th December 2018

Help shape the future of the River Clyde and Govan-Partick

As part of the implementation of the City Development Plan, 'Strategic Development Frameworks' (SDFs) are being prepared for 6 areas of major spatial change across the city. These SDFs are key instruments for implementing the Council's strategic priorities, linking spatial planning and placemaking objectives with the priorities of communities. 

The Council are now consulting on draft versions of the River Clyde SDF and the Govan-Partick SDF. These SDF documents along with an introductory document providing further information with regard to the background and purpose of the SDFs are available to view and comment upon via the Council's Consultation Hub -

The consultation is open till 8th February 2019. We would welcome comments or views you have regarding the consultative SDFs.

Please note that all comments submitted will be available for public inspection.  As a result of submitting a comment your details will automatically be added to Glasgow City Development Plan's Consultation Database.  Updates on the progress of the preparation and adoption process for the SDFs will be provided on the Council Development Plan webpage.

The Council is now required to process personal information in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  For more information about this please see our privacy statement.

All comments should be submitted by 4pm on 8th February 2019.  In the interim, if you have any questions or want further information please contact

Public Petitions Review - Respond By 8th March 2019

Since 2012, the Council has allowed residents, businesses and organisations, in Glasgow, to submit public petitions on local issues which can be heard and considered by elected members. The Council is now looking to review the process and guidance and would like to know how, if at all, you think it could be improved.

You can give us your views online ( or by email ( If you require any additional information about this survey or would like this document in an alternative format or community languages, please contact:

Stephen Frew

Glasgow City Council

Tel: 0141 287 0242


The deadline for responses is 8th March 2019.

Universal Credit - Glasgow Roll Out - Information and Advice for Information and Circulation

Published 16th November 2018

As you may be aware, Universal Credit is being rolled out in the Glasgow Area, and anyone needing to make a new claim for certain benefits will need to claim Universal Credit.

Attached below is information providing guidance on where to seek help in making an application.  Please circulate this across your networks to ensure that the message is spread to as many residents as possible.

pdf icon UC Info 1 [97kb]pdf icon UC Info 2 [991kb]pdf icon UC Info 3 [972kb]

Uncovering the Environment - Project at the University of Dundee

Published 25th October 2018

The University of Dundee wishes to share information with community councils about their research project, "Uncovering the Environment: The Use of Public Access to Environmental Information".

The project is examining how the right of access to environmental information is utilised in Scotland, in particular seeking to identify whether the use of environmental information has led to changed outcomes in environmental decision-making processes. For more information, a PDF flyer is attached. As part of the research they would like to hear from community councils

The project has two separate surveys: the first survey is aimed at individuals and bodies which make use of the right of access to environmental information ( while the second survey is aimed at public authorities which make environmental information available (

Community councils can participate in either survey as they see fit.  

If you have any questions about the research, please email Sean Whittaker at

pdf icon Uncovering the Environment Project Summary [109kb]

Community Council Information Pack - Opening of New Pharmacies

Published 14th June 2018

Please find attached an updated document for community councils providing information on the process for applying for a new pharmacy.

pdf icon Community Pharmacies [1Mb]

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - Guidance for Community Councils

Updated 5th September 2018

Following a number of requests for guidance on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in relation to community councils please see the attached proposed Privacy Statement.

The Privacy Statement is intended as a standard point of reference for community councils across Glasgow.  It is envisaged that the Statement will be included in the Guidance for Community Councils, which forms part of the support arrangements, along with Induction.

Any comments or suggestions on the contents of the Privacy Statement are welcomed.

pdf icon GDPR Guidance [47kb]

Requests for Community Council Minutes and Accounts

Following a number of requests for copies of minutes and/or accounts of Community Councils across the City, Community Councils are reminded that the responsibility for making these documents publicly available rests with the Community Councils; this is in accordance with clause 7 of the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils.

Community Councils are the originators of the minutes, and Secretaries have a key responsibility to ensure minutes are circulated accordingly i.e. (1) draft minutes 7 days prior to the date of the meeting to all Community Council members i.e. Community Councillors, Ex-officio; and Associate Members, and (2) approved minutes made available to the City Council within 14 days of the meeting which approved them. The City Council is simply a recipient of the minutes for monitoring purposes.

All requests for minutes and/or accounts should be made directly to the respective Community Councils in the first instance, and if this request is refused with no sound reason then the City Council could be notified.  Alternatively, if information and/or intelligence potentially gives rise to evidenced concerns about a Community Council's current governance then this should be forwarded to the appropriate Officer within the City Council for them to address.

Please note that it would be at the Community Councils' discretion whether they provide draft minutes and/or accounts upon request.  It should be understood by all Community Councils that following a minute and/or accounts becoming approved then these would enter the public domain and in normal circumstances be made available upon request.  It would be reasonable, if requested, for a justification/reason to be provided to the Community Council in the first instance where such requests are being made.  NOTE: Certain information may require to be redacted i.e. personal data.

Participation Requests

In response to the Participation Request section of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, Glasgow City Council have published a Participation Request form.

A Participation Request is when a community participation body makes a request to a public service authority to permit the body to participate in an outcome improvement process.
Information on how to submit a Participation Request using the form can be found here:  

Factsheets 2017 and 2011 Census Profiles for Wards - Reposted 24th May 2017

This is to let you know that the Factsheets for the 23 Council Wards are now published on the Council website:
The Ward Factsheets for the former 21 Council Wards have been taken off and are no longer available from the Council website.
The 2011 Census profiles for the former Wards have been replaced by 2011 Census profiles for the new Wards, see:


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