Dumfries and Galloway Council is run by 47 councillors who are elected every five years by the residents they represent. The council area is made up of 13 wards with either three or four Councillors in each ward.

Who has political control of the council?

Our council has a minority Administration formed by the 14 members of The Scottish Labour Group and Craig Peacock (Independent). Councillor Ronnie Nicholson leads the group and is also Leader of the Council. The Depute Leader and Civic Head of the Council is Councillor Ted Thompson who is also Provost of Dumfries and Nithsdale.

There are currently five political groupings:

There are also members who are not in a political group:

Which councillors represent my area?

We publish information about all 47 of our councillors online. This includes contact details, photos, committee membership, outside body appointments, attendance information and registers of financial or other interests. You can perform an address search to find out which councillors represent you.

You can also talk to your local councillor through regular public surgeries. These surgeries provide an opportunity for you to speak with your local representatives directly and raise any issues you may have with the council.

What does the role of a councillor involve?

Councillors take part in regular committee meetings to agree policies, make decisions on service delivery and monitor how the council is performing. The dates, times and venues of all our meetings are publicised and we publish the agendas, reports and minutes from our committees.

The work of councillors is covered by regulations and guidance known as Standing Orders and Schemes of Delegation. A major requirement is to publish information on members' allowances and expenses on a monthly and annually basis. 

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Contact Details


Committee Support Office

Council Headquarters
English Street

Tel: 01387 260031

Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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