Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will be taking steps to boost female representation within the council, it was announced today (October 3, 2017)

The decision by the Policy and Resources Committee was prompted by concerns that no women were elected onto the council at Local Government Elections last May.

The committee has agreed a proposal to increase female involvement in decision making by actively appointing women to each of the council’s Member and Officer Working Groups as well as Human Resources panels.  Working groups include include Communities and Housing; Education, Sport and Children’s Services; Transportation and Infrastructure; Sustainable Development and External Strategy.

Comhairle Leader, Roddie Mackay, was enthusiastic about the move.  He said: “I welcome these steps which will go some way to ensuring that there is increased female representation in the Comhairle’s HR and decision making processes.”

The Committee also decided to continue to look at how political representation of women and young people can be increased.