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Community Councils online: a survey

Ryan, Bruce; Cruickshank, Peter



A survey of Scottish Community Councils found that only 22% have up-to-date online public presences. Only 4% of Community Councils have easily accessible online planning content. Most Community Councils websites communicate from Community Councils to citizen – only 10% use social media to host online discussion and opinion-gathering. Local Authority-hosted presences guarantee that Community Councils have presence but not that they are up to date. Such presences are also not content-rich. Community Councils’ own volition makes the difference between having no presence at all, mediocre presences and informative, content-rich presences that may serve citizens well. Suggestions to improve matters include broadening the scope of Local Authority-hosted presences and CCs mentoring each other.

Report Type Technical Report
Publication Date 2012-10
Deposit Date Jan 23, 2013
Publicly Available Date Jan 23, 2013
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords Community Councils; local governement; internet; electronic democracy; transparency; Scotland; Great Britain; local democracy
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Contract Date Jan 23, 2013


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