Comhairle nan Eilean Siar - Western Isles Council

Key facts

Who runs the council? Total seats Council tax



Band D, £1,024

  • The population of the council area stood at 26,200 in 2009 and the authority employs about 2,500 full and part-time workers.
  • The council's budget stands at about £112m.
  • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's headquarters are based in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.
  • The local authority has nine wards, electing 31 councillors.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar map
  • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is the only local authority in Scotland to have a Gaelic-only name.
  • In March the Court of Session in Edinburgh heard that Western Isles Council had failed to fully consider rural factors when deciding to shut four schools. The statement was made during a judicial review - brought by the local authority - into Scottish government moves to block on the closures. The outcome of the court case will be made at a later date.
  • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will see a drop in population in the next 25 years, according to projections of the National Records of Scotland. It says numbers will drop by about 11%. Just over a third of the population loss will be children in the age group 0 to 15.

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