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Pencaitland Community Council is one of twenty in East Lothian, encompassing the whole district. They vary considerably in size of electorates and in terms of area covered.

Elections are held every four years, with the next ones due in 2012. They are administered by East Lothian Council and the Chief Executive is the Returning Officer.

Casual vacancies are created when elected members resign or leave and the filling of these is administered by the Community Councils.

East Lothian Council is committed to the development of community councils, helping to provide them with a meaningful role and the opportunity to have significant influence over how funding is spent in their area.

They are consulted fully on a range of issues, are involved in any new East Lothian Council initiatives, have a dedicated Community Council Liaison Officer and training courses are arranged periodically. Community Council members are readily contactable for advice or consultation.

Financial support to community councils in East Lothian has always been amongst the best in the country, with the provision of an administration grant and the Local Priority Scheme.

Under the Local Priority Scheme, each community council is granted money annually, to enhance their local environment for the benefit of their community.

For further information visit East Lothian Council’s website. You can also read AN INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND TO COMMUNITY COUNCILS.

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