Government in Scotland

UK Government

Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland – supporting the Secretary of State in promoting the best interests of Scotland within a stronger United Kingdom.

It ensures Scottish interests are fully and effectively represented at the heart of the UK Government, and the UK Government’s responsibilities are fully and effectively represented in Scotland.

Delivering for Scotland – The UK Government is working to build a stronger, fairer, safer and more secure country that works for everyone in Scotland and the whole of the UK.

Scottish Government

The Scottish Government – the devolved government for Scotland and has a range of responsibilities that include: the economy, education, health, justice, rural affairs, housing, environment, equal opportunities, consumer advocacy and advice, transport and taxation.

The Scottish Parliament – everything you need to know about the Holyrood Parliament.

Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament – supported by two Deputy Presiding Officers, the PO chairs the proceedings in the parliamentary chamber, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and the Parliamentary Bureau. The Presiding Officer also represents the Scottish Parliament at home and abroad.

Ministers & Law Officers

Current and previous Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

Local Government in Scotland

Local government in Scotland is organised through 32 unitary authorities designated as councils which consist of councillors elected every five years by registered voters in each of the council areas.

Scottish councils co-operate through, and are represented collectively by, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).

COSLA – the voice of Local Government in Scotland.

“COSLA was established in 1975, but standing up for Scotland’s local priorities goes back 800 years when we evolved from the Convention of Royal Burghs – once the oldest representative body in Europe.”

Local authority maps of Scotland – Maps of local authority area boundaries in Scotland on the Scottish Government website.


Aberdeen City Council – Marischal College, Aberdeen AB10 1AB

Aberdeenshire Council – Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen AB16 5GB

Angus Council – Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar DD8 1AN

Argyll & Bute Council – Kilmory, Lochgilphead PA31 8RT

The City of Edinburgh Council – City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ

Clackmannanshire Council – Kilncraigs, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, FK10 1EB

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar – Sandwick Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 2BW

Dumfries and Galloway Council – Council HQ, English Street, Dumfries, DG1 2DD

Dundee City Council – Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street, Dundee DD1 1QE

East Ayrshire Council – Council Headquarters, London Road, Kilmarnock KA3 7BU

East Dunbartonshire Council – 12 Strathkelvin Place. Kirkintilloch G66 1TJ

East Lothian Council – John Muir House, Brewery Park, Haddington EH41 3HA

East Renfrewshire Council  – Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock G46 6UG

Falkirk Council  – Municipal Buildings, West Bridge Street, Falkirk FK1 5RS

Fife Council – Fife House, North Street, Glenrothes KY7 5LT

Glasgow City Council  – City Chambers, Glasgow G2 1DU

The Highland Council – Glenurquhart Road, Inverness IV3 5NX

Inverclyde Council – Municipal Buildings, Clyde Square, Greenock PA15 1LY

Midlothian Council – 40-46 Buccleuch Street, Dalkeith EH22 1DN

Moray Council – High Street, Elgin IV30 1BX

North Ayrshire Council – Cunninghame House, Irvine KA12 8EE

North Lanarkshire Council – Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB

Orkney Islands Council – School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1NY

Perth and Kinross Council – Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth PH1 5GD

Renfrewshire Council – Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley PA1 1WB

Scottish Borders Council – Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells TD6 0SA

Shetland Islands Council – Town Hall, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0HB

South Ayrshire Council – County Buildings, Wellington Square, Ayr KA7 1DR

South Lanarkshire Council – Almada Street, Hamilton ML3 0AA

Stirling Council – Viewforth, 14-20 Pitt Terrace, Stirling FK8 2ET

West Dumbartonshire Council – 16 Church Street16 Church Street, Dumbarton, G82 1QL

West Lothian Council – Howden South Road, Livingston EH54 6FF