Orkney Islands Council
Working together for a better Orkney

Councillors and Committees

Politically, the Council is made up of 18 independent councillors and three who are members of the Orkney Manifesto Group.

Council Structure

The Councillors sit on eight main committees. Each committee makes recommendations connected to a particular area of the Council’s work, such as education or transport.

Cycle of Meetings

A cycle of meetings involving each of the committees takes place five times a year. Once a cycle has been completed, a meeting of the Full Council is held. All 21 Councillors take part – and make final decisions on the recommendations made by the committees.

Public Meetings

Don’t forget. The committees and the Full Council meet in public. Meetings can be watched in comfort from the public gallery at the rear of the Council chamber. A sound system ensures debates are heard loud and clear, with special equipment on offer for people with impaired hearing.

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