Community councils can now include 16-year olds

A change in the Scheme for Community Councils in Dumfries and Galloway means that 16-year olds can now vote for and become community councillors.

Over the last year and a half, work has been ongoing to amend the document that sets out the guidelines and regulations used to establish and manage community councils in the region

The amended Scheme will gradually be implemented by all community councils across the region supported by their local Council Area Framework Offices.

Council Leader Ronnie Nicholson said: “The amended Scheme for Community Councils is the culmination of 18 months of public consultation. We are grateful for the responses we received, which have helped to shape a new set of governing documents that should be clearer as well as tailored to suit our local circumstances. Community Councils are the voice of our local communities, and we appreciate the fact that Community Councillors undertake these duties on a voluntary basis. It is particularly heartening that 16 year olds may now vote for or become Community Councillors, as this allows young people to participate in local democracy.”

See the council’s website for further information -