how we work
We are one of 32 councils in Scotland, serving 22,400 people across 1,468 square km.
The Shetland Islands Council has 22 elected members, serving on 6 three-member wards and 1 four-member ward. Members will serve until 2017.
All councillors are independent – none represent a political party.
As well as representing their ward, members serve on the following committees, which meet around every seven weeks at the Lerwick Town Hall:
- Education and Families
- Social Services
- Environment and Transport
Committee meetings are open to the public unless stated otherwise.
To learn more about our committees and their membership, follow the links below to our committee information system, COINS. This is where we host all committee reports and associated documents. Here you will find documents on Council meetings, such as minutes and agendas, and find out how to contact any member of your local council.
Governance and Constitution
We recently modernised our constitutional arrangements. These documents, which provide more detail on the way the Council operates, can be found on our Governance and Constitution page.