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Summary: Age and Local Government

Map of ScotlandSummary: Age and Local Government

  • Older adults were more likely than younger adults to agree with positive statements about the performance of their local council. For example, 53% of those aged over 75 agreed that their council provided high quality services, compared to 41% of those aged 16 to 24.
  • Only 19% of adults aged 75+ (the oldest age group) agreed that they could influence decisions affecting their local area, compared to 24% of those aged 16 to 24.
  • Younger adults showed the strongest desire to participate in local decision making. In 2015, 43% of those aged 35 to 44 said they would like to have greater involvement in the decisions their council makes, compared to just 16% of those aged over 75.

Source: Scottish Household Survey (2015)


Useful Links

Age page

Local Government page

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Scotland's Councillors 2013

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Age Evidence Review (2013) - A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to age equality.



The Scottish Government website provides equalities breakdowns for the two public services National Indicators on Scotland Performs: Improve people's perceptions of the quality of public services and Improve the responsiveness of public services.

The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data. Information about confidence intervals in the SHS can be found in Annex 3 of the annual report.

Annual Population Survey and Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive.

Future Developments

Future Developments

  • Local council elections were held on 3 May 2012. We will update information on the age profile of elected councillors when it becomes available.
  • As a result of the Equality Act 2010, Scottish Local Authorities are subject to new Equality Duties that will require them to report on progress in mainstreaming equalities and equality outcomes.
  • The Scottish Government website provides information on developments in Scottish Local Government policy.

External Links

External Links

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Scotland's Councillor's (2013) - Infomation about Scotland's Councillors published by the Improvement Service

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)

Local Area Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA)

Improvement Service - The Improvement Service works with councils and their partners to help improve the efficiency, quality and accountability of local public services in Scotland.

Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE)



Local Government