Research Output
Community Councils online: a survey
  A survey of Scottish Community Councils found that only 22% have up-to-date online public presences. Only 4% of Community Councils have easily accessible online planning content. Most Community Councils websites communicate from Community Councils to citizen – only 10% use social media to host online discussion and opinion-gathering. Local Authority-hosted presences guarantee that Community Councils have presence but not that they are up to date. Such presences are also not content-rich. Community Councils’ own volition makes the difference between having no presence at all, mediocre presences and informative, content-rich presences that may serve citizens well. Suggestions to improve matters include broadening the scope of Local Authority-hosted presences and CCs mentoring each other.

  • Type:

    Technical Report

  • Date:

    31 October 2012

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  • Publisher

    Edinburgh Napier University

  • DOI:


  • Library of Congress:

    JS Local government Municipal government

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    320 Political science


Ryan, B., & Cruickshank, P. (2012). Community Councils online: a survey. Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh Napier University



Community Councils; local governement; internet; electronic democracy; transparency; Scotland; Great Britain; local democracy

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