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Community councils are made up of people who care about their community and want to make it a better place to live.

You can find out which community council area you live at www.communitycouncils.scot.

As well as representing the community, community councils organise activities that promote their communities and bring local people together to help make things happen.

Community councils are normally elected once every four years. The last community council elections took place on 4 October 2018.

Regular elections to all Fife Community Councils are scheduled to take place in Autumn 2022. More information, including the date, will follow in due course.

Any community councils which are established after the regular four yearly round of elections will only run until the date of the next round of elections. All members will need to stand for re-election if they wish to continue as a community councillor.

If anyone is interested in re-establishing one of the inactive community councils you will need to organise a petition and get it signed by 20 electors (people who are on the electoral register) from the community council area. A template petition is available here.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 1973 AMENDED SCHEME FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMUNITY COUNCILS IN FIFE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, following a Special Meeting held on 11th March, 2021, Fife Council, in exercise of the powers conferred upon it under Section 53 (3) of the above-mentioned Act, agreed to amend the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils, effective from 11th March, 2021.

Details of the outcome of the consultation and a copy of the amended Scheme are available via the following links:-

Public Liability Insurance for Community Councils

Fife Council provides a blanket insurance scheme for all established community councils in Fife, that includes Public Liability (PL) insurance. The current insurance policy commenced on 1st April 2021 and the premium has been paid for 2021/2022.

Insurance documents are issued annually by the insurers, Zurich Municipal and a copy and a Summary of Insurance Cover is provided to all Community Council Secretaries by Risk Management Team. Along with Public Liability insurance (PL), the policy also includes cover for  Libel and Slander, Fidelity Guarantee, Money, All Risks and Personal Accident.  

Public Liability cover is automatically provided for the day to day activities of Community Councils; and some small events such as: Galas, Fetes, and Christmas light switch on with less than 500 people attending and that do not involve fireworks, bonfires or play inflatables.

However; you must apply for additional insurance if you are planning an event that exceeds 500 attendees or if the event involves  fireworks, bonfires or play inflatables. Please refer to your Summary of Insurance Cover for a copy of the Special Event Enquiry form that you should complete to apply for additional cover.

PL cover is also included for emergency or community resilience activities previously agreed with Fife Council and not involving mechanised equipment, if the Community Council has declared their involvement in these activities to Risk Management Team for them to inform the insurers.

You can send your PL events cover application or declare new or existing resilience activities, not already declared by contacting us at risk.management@fife.gov.uk

It's for individual Community Councils to assure themselves that the cover provided by the block policy, adequately meets their requirements. The advice to community councils is that if they have any doubt as to the appropriateness of their insurance cover, they may decide to withdraw from the 'blanket' scheme and make arrangements for their own insurance. In this case, the community council must contact us at risk.management@fife.gov.uk and community.councils@fife.gov.uk so that insurance cover can be cancelled.

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Email:community.councils@fife.gov.uk