About Your Council

How we work


The Shetland Islands Council has 23 elected members, serving on 1 two member ward (Shetland West), 3 three-member wards (North Isles, Shetland North and Lerwick North & Bressay) and 3 four-member wards(Shetland Central, Lerwick South and Shetland South).

Details of remuneration, expenses and attendance of councillors is published annually.

Council Meetings/Committees

As well as representing their ward, members serve on a range of committees. You can find out more information about what committees we have on our Council Meetings page.

All committee reports and associated documents are available on our Committee Information System. Here you will find information about Council meetings, such as membership, minutes and agendas.

Governance and Constitution

Our constitutional documents provide more detail on the way the Council works, and can be found on our Governance and Constitution download.

Trade Unions

Shetland Islands Council believes that trade union facility time is an investment in the prevention of workplace disputes. Involving trade unions makes a positive contribution to our performance and the well-being of our employees. Facility time adds value by providing a framework for consultation and negotiation improving workplace relations and ensuring our employees voice is heard.

The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017 came into force on 1 April 2017. These regulations place a legislative requirement on the council to collate and publish data on the amount and cost of facility time in the organisation for each financial year from 2017/18 onwards.