Since May 2007, and the election of a new administration, there has been a commitment to decentralisation and to increasing the involvement of people in decision making about council services and resources in their local area. Renfrewshire Council’s five Local Area Committees (LACs) were introduced to bring decision making closer to its communities and to allow its citizens to play an active role in setting local priorities, and scrutinising and developing local services and resources.

The main benefits that have been delivered by LACs are:

• more citizens now play an active role in setting local priorities, and scrutinising and developing local services and resources;

• the accountability of public agencies has been increased;

• review meetings with public agency ‘lead officers’ and key community planning partners are held following each LAC cycle to ensure that effective linkages, co-ordination and partnership working are taking place;

• through engagement at a local level, and a community led focus on service delivery and resource

management, the well being of local areas has been improved; and

• many local projects have been funded through grants from delegated LAC budgets.

Download the application form: RENFREWSHIRE LOCAL AREA COMMITTEES