A report by Reform Scotland suggests that the number of Scottish councils should be merged to reduce the number of councils by about 50%
Fewer, larger councils with greater powers would improve local government in Scotland. One of the suggested mergers is to create Grampian council from a merger of Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray councils.
The merger could also see a greater devolution of power to community councils such as Turriff, devolving power to the community councils would encourage more involvement from the communities they serve.
57% of people who responded said that greater responsibility for community councils would mean more people would participate and help the 80% of the community councils who said they had trouble attracting members, our own Turriff Community Council was looking for 6 new members recently.
A survey carried out by the BBC last year showed that around 20% of community councils had been suspended due to lack of interest.
Greater community involvement could also have a positive impact on the numbers of people who vote at elections, the turn out for the last election is thought to be somewhere in the region of 38%.
What do you think, would less regional councils and greater devolution of power to community councils like Turriff be a good thing?