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( Comhairle nan Eilean Siar IPA: ) is the [ˈkoːrʎə nən ˈelan ˈʃiəɾ] local government council for Na h-Eileanan Siar council area of Scotland, comprising the Outer Hebrides.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is the only local council in Scotland to have a Gaelic-only name. The original name, Western Isles Council, was retracted in 1997 under the Local Government (Gaelic Names) (Scotland) Act 1997, meaning that the former Western Isles council area is now officially named Na h-Eileanan Siar, even in English language contexts.
History [ edit ]
In 1975, the council was created as
Western Isles Council, 57 years after the creation of Na h-Eileanan an Iar for elections to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (the constituency being named, when created, Western Isles). Since 1999, there has been also the Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency of the Scottish Parliament, with the same boundaries.
Bank of Credit and Commerce International collapsed in 1991, the then Western Isles Council lost £35m invested there, compelling a large increase in its council tax rate. [1 ]
In 1997, the
Western Isles Council was renamed as Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
Elections [ edit ]
General elections to the council are held on a five-year cycle. The next is due in 2017.
During the period since 1975, elections to the council have been by the
first past the post system of election with the final elections of this type returning 31 councillors, elected by 31 single-member wards.
In 2007, under the
Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004, the single transferable vote system, together with multi-member wards, was used for the first time, each ward electing three or four councillors. This system is designed to produce a form of proportional representation.
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