Who has been running your council?

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Scotland's 32 local authorities will be holding elections on Thursday, 3 May.

More than 1,200 council seats will be up for grabs for the first time since 2007. Local authorities will use the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system, where electors rank candidates in order of preference.

There will be no overnight counting. Votes will be counted electronically the day after polls close.

Here are some helpful key facts on your local councils.

Local authority Website/Twitter Who has been in charge? Council facts

Aberdeen

Aberdeen Council
  • SNP/Lib Dem coalition
  • Residents backed Aberdeen's controversial City Garden Project after a referendum on the issue.

Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Council
  • Lib Dem/Conservative coalition
  • Aberdeenshire Council has completed its submission to Marine Scotland on a controversial offshore wind farm, whose most high-profile critic is tycoon Donald Trump.
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Angus

Angus Council
  • Angus Alliance (Lab/Con/Lib Dem and some independents)
  • Arbroath is the largest town in the council area of Angus and it lends its name to the Declaration of Arbroath and the famous delicacy, the Arbroath Smokie.
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Argyll and Bute

Argyll and Bute Council
  • Ind/Lib Dem/Con coalition
  • In September last year, the council approved a £6.3m plan to redevelop Helensburgh's historic town centre and West Bay esplanade. The work is due to be completed by May next year.
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Clackmannanshire

Clackmannanshire Council
  • SNP
  • The local authority of Clackmannanshire - know as the Wee County - is one of Scotland's smallest councils.
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Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway
  • Con/Lib Dem coalition
  • The local authority boasts that it has the lowest council tax in mainland Scotland, with the typical Band D rate coming in at £1,049.
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Dundee City

Dundee City Council
  • SNP minority
  • A £1bn project is now underway to re-discover the area's waterfront.
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East Ayrshire

East Ayrshire Council
  • SNP minority
  • At the end of March, the historic link between Kilmarnock and Johnnie Walker whisky came to an end after 192 years when the last Red Label was bottled at the Ayrshire plant.
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East Dunbartonshire

East Dunbartonshire Council
  • Lab/Con coalition
  • In a 2007 a Reader's Digest poll, saw East Dunbartonshire voted the best place in the UK to raise a family.
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East Lothian

East Lothian Council
  • SNP/Lib Dem coalition
  • National Records of Scotland figures have projected that the number of children aged 0-15 would grow by 41% in the area over the next 25 years.
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East Renfrewshire

East Renfrewshire Council
  • Lab/SNP/Ind/ Lib Dem coalition
  • Three of the council's high schools - St Ninian's; Mearns Castle and Williamwood - are among the top five, based on Highers results passed by the end of fifth year.
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City of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Council
  • Lib Dem/SNP coalition
  • The city beat off competition from 31 other bids to become the will be the headquarters of the UK's Green Investment Bank.
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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Western isles
  • Independent
  • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is the only Scottish local authority to have a Gaelic-only name.
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Falkirk

Falkirk Council
  • Lab/Con/Ind coalition
  • The council boasts that its level D Council tax of £1,070 for 2012/13 remains the second lowest in mainland Scotland.
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Fife

Fife Council
  • SNP/Lib Dem coalition
  • Campaign group Big Brother Watch recently found that Fife Council runs 1,420 CCTV cameras at a cost of £0.9m.

Glasgow City

Glasgow Council
  • Labour minority
  • Glasgow will play host to the Commonwealth Games in 2014, costing about £524m.
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Highland

The Highland Council
  • Ind/Lib Dem/Lab coalition
  • The land mass of the Highland Council area represents 33% of Scotland.
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Inverclyde

Inverclyde Council
  • Lab/Con/Ind coalition
  • BBC One's award winning school drama series Waterloo Road is to relocate from its current Rochdale base to Greenock.
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Midlothian

Midlothian Council
  • Labour
  • Midlothian and East Lothian councils have agreed to look at sharing education and children's services.
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Moray

Moray Council
  • Ind/Con coalition
  • The council expressed concerns about the impact of RAF job losses in the Moray area.
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North Ayrshire

North Ayrshire
  • Labour minority
  • The isle of Arran is inside the local authority area which also contains the towns of Ardrossan, Largs and Kilwinning.
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North Lanarkshire

North Lanarkshire
  • Labour
  • The council area has the fourth largest population of all of Scotland's 32 councils.
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Orkney

Orkney Islands Council
  • Independent
  • Orkney is one of two Scottish councils to be run solely by independent councillors.
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Perth and Kinross

Perth and Kinross Council
  • Lib Dem/SNP coalition
  • In March, Perth learned that it would become Scotland's seventh city after winning a UK competition marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
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Renfrewshire

Renfrewshire Council
  • SNP/Lib Dem coalition
  • At the end of last year, the Renfrewshire town of Linwood was named as Scotland's most dismal town in the annual Carbuncle awards.
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Scottish Borders

Scottish Borders Council
  • Ind/Con/Lib Dem coalition
  • The council has been considering reviving the role of area committee for different parts of the region.
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Shetland

Shetland Islands Council
  • Independent
  • Shetland is one of two Scottish councils to be run solely by independent councillors.
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South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire Council
  • Conservative minority
  • Almost two years ago, the area saw a new £21m museum dedicated to Scotland's national bard opened its doors to the public - the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (RBBM) in Alloway, Ayrshire.
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South Lanarkshire

South Lanarkshire Council
  • Labour led coalition with Conservative support
  • The council was recently named as one of six Scottish local authorities, facing "particular challenges" with youth unemployment, which will share £9m to create work opportunities.
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Stirling

Stirling Council
  • SNP minority
  • Residents of the council area recently chose the motto, "Steadfast as the rock", to go with the county's coat of arms.
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West Dunbartonshire

West Dunbartonshire Council
  • SNP minority
  • Part of the popular visitor area Loch Lomond is inside the local authority boundary.
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West Lothian

West Lothian Council
  • SNP/Ind coalition
  • Out of all 32 Scottish councils, population growth in people of pensionable age will be highest in West Lothian, coming in at a 52% rise in the next 25 years.
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