2019 Reviews of Electoral Arrangements

We submitted our final proposals on councillor numbers and wards for Argyll and Bute, Highland and North Ayrshire Council areas to Scottish Ministers on 10 June 2021, and for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands Council areas on 28 May 2021.

These final proposals arise from the 2019 Review of Electoral Arrangements which began in January 2019.

The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 required us to review the six councils containing inhabited islands (Argyll and Bute, Highland, North Ayrshire, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and Na h-Eileanan an Iar) as soon as practicable so that government and the public sector meet the needs of island communities now and in the future.

Details of our proposals are available in the reports below, along with supporting documentation, which provides background to this review. Our webmaps show the existing and proposed boundaries, by selecting the layers icon, for Argyll and Bute, HighlandNorth AyrshireOrkney Islands, Shetland Islands and Na h-Eileanan an Iar Council areas.

The Scottish Parliament approved our final proposals for North Ayrshire, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands Council areas and these will be used in the May 2022 local government elections. Our final proposals for Argyll and Bute and Highland Council areas were not approved by Parliament.

Supporting Information

SSI 2021/369 Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Electoral Arrangements) Regulations 2021

SSI 2021/370 North Ayrshire (Electoral Arrangements) Regulations 2021

SSI 2021/371 Orkney Islands (Electoral Arrangements) Regulations 2021

SSI 2021/372 Shetland Islands (Electoral Arrangements) Regulations 2021

News Release: Final Proposals for Argyll and Bute, Highland and North Ayrshire Council areas submitted to Scottish Ministers

Argyll and Bute Council Area - Final Report

Highland Council Area - Final Report

North Ayrshire Council Area - Final Report

News Release: Final Proposals for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands council areas submitted to Scottish Ministers

Orkney Islands Council Area - Final Report

Shetland Islands Council Area - Final Report

Na h-Eileanan an Iar Council Area - Final Report

Orkney Islands SSI Maps (2021)

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SSI Maps (2021)

Argyll and Bute SSI Maps (2021)

North Ayrshire SSI Maps (2021)

Shetland Islands SSI Maps (2021)

Scottish Elections (Reform) Act 2020

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

Islands Communities Impact Assessment Summary (2021)


Consultation responses

Council consultation response - Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Council consultation response - Orkney Islands Council

Council consultation response - Shetland Islands Council

Council consultation response - Argyll and Bute Council

Council consultation response - North Ayrshire Council

Public consultation responses - Orkney Islands Council area

Public consultation responses - Shetland Islands Council area

Public consultation responses - Na h-Eileanan an Iar Council area

Public consultation responses - North Ayrshire Council area

Public Consultation Responses Part 1 - Highland Council Area

Public Consultation Responses Part 2 - Highland Council Area

Public Consultation Responses Part 3 - Highland Council Area

Public Consultation Responses Part 4 - Highland Council Area

Public Consultation Responses Part 1 - Argyll & Bute Council Area

Public Consultation Responses Part 2 - Argyll & Bute Council Area