Scot­tish Lo­cal Coun­cil Elec­tions 2017

East Kilbride News - - NEWS -

Scots are get­ting ready to go to the polls again, this time for the lo­cal coun­cil elec­tions on May 4.

The ser­vices coun­cils of­fer are part of ev­ery­day life, no matter your age and stage, in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, health, hous­ing, so­cial care, roads, busi­ness, li­braries, parks, waste man­age­ment. So the out­come of these elec­tions can have an ob­vi­ous im­pact on the qual­ity of your life. Make sure you have a say in the things that matter to you most by cast­ing your vote. Here are five rea­sons why vot­ing in the Scot­tish lo­cal coun­cil elec­tions is im­por­tant.

1. Qual­ity of your life:

Lo­cal coun­cil de­ci­sions cover the ser­vices you use ev­ery­day and coun­cils ac­count for one quar­ter of pub­lic spend­ing. That' s bil­lions of pounds. Would you give away a quar­ter of your hard-earned cash with­out ask­ing any ques­tions?

2. Young voices:

This will be the first time in Scot­land that 16 and 17-year-olds can vote in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions. We are lucky enough to live in a democ­racy and have a vote. Young peo­ple need to know that their opin­ion mat­ters and their vote could make a huge dif­fer­ence 3. Vent your bears:

Vot­ing gives you a le­git­i­mate right to com­plain, whether it's about pot­holes or mess in parks. But if you don't bother to vote, do you re­ally have the right to mo an if you are un­happy about other peo­ples chokes ?

4. Lo­cal knowl­edge:

Can­di­dates stand­ing in lo­cal elec­tions are from your area, they know the lo­cal is­sues and are gen­uinely con­cerned. If you have time, try to un­der­stand the qual­i­ties each can­di­date brings. They, if suc­cess­ful, maybe the peo­ple you need to get in touch with if you want to im­prove you rives over the next few years. And they will have a cru­cial say over whether planned de­vel­op­ments take placed own your road .

5. Equal­ity:

Ev­ery vote is equally im­por­tant re­gard­less of your age, gen­der or wealth. Vot­ing is a anony­mous and you can pick who you want and your choice of can­di­dates will never be made pub­lic.

The out­come of these elec­tions can have an ob­vi­ous im­pact on the qual­ity of your life

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