Perth and Kinross Council
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The council was created in 1996, under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, when the Tayside region was divided between three new unitary council areas: Perth and Kinross, Angus, and Dundee City.
The current Perth and Kinross council headquarters are located in Perth at the bottom of the High Street, near Tay Street, although many public enquiries and council services are handled from the nearby Pullar House at Mill Street.
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General elections to the council are held on a four year cycle. The most recent poll was held in 2012, on Thursday 3 May. The next local election will be held in 2016.
As a result of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 and the recommendations put forth by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland, there are twelve wards within the Perth and Kinross council area. The 2007 general election was the first to use the single transferable vote system of election and multi-member wards, each ward electing three or four councillors. This system was introduced as a result of the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, and is designed to produce a form of proportional representation.
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The Council is controlled by a minority Scottish National Party (SNP) administration as of 3 May 2012. Previous to this the Council was controlled by a Liberal Democrat/Scottish National Party coalition administration.
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