Scotland politics

West Lothian Council

  • The population of the council area stood at 90,920 in 2009 and the authority employs about 7,900 full and part-time workers.
  • The council's budget stands at about £385m.
  • West Lothian Council'sheadquarters are based in the town of Livingston.
  • The local authority has nine wards, electing 32 councillors.
  • The projected population of West Lothian by 2024 has been put at 196,000 - the fastest growing area in Scotland. By 2033 this is predicted to rise to 208,364.
  • West Lothian's older population is growing much faster than the average for Scotland, but from a low base.
  • Figures from National Records of Scotland suggests thatthe number of older peoplein the local authority area is set to rise dramatically over the next 25 years. 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.
  • Its main towns include Bathgate, Blackburn, Linlithgow, Whitburn as well as Livingston.
  • The council borders the City of Edinburgh, Falkirk, North Lanarkshire, the Scottish Borders and South Lanarkshire local authorities.

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