Scotland politics

North Lanarkshire Council

  • The population of the council area stood at 326,320 in 2009 and the authority employs about 16,200 full and part-time workers.
  • The council's budget stands at about £770m.
  • North Lanarkshire Council'sheadquarters are based at the Civic Centre in Motherwell.
  • The council has 20 multi-member wards which has 70 elected councillors.
  • Towns within its boundaries include Wishaw, Stepps, Cumbernauld Airdrie, as well as Motherwell.
  • North Lanarkshire Council has the fourth largest population of all of Scotland's 32 local authorities.
  • The council has about 48,700 pupils in its primary and secondary schools and on average 15% Highers students gain five or more at grades A to C. That's below the Scotland-wide average of 20%.
  • Life expectancy in the area is on average 76.2 years for both men and women, that's slightly below the Scotland-wide average of 77.8 years.

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