South Ayrshire Council serves a population of 112,000 residents. The Council is the biggest
employer in the area with 5,200 employees who deliver a diverse range of services to the public.
The elected members who represent the eight electoral wards, are an integral and vital part of
the running of the Council. Elected members have the authority for policy decision making on all
aspects of Local Government services for which South Ayrshire Council is responsible.
The current administration, elected in May 2012, is a Conservative minority administration working
in partnership with the Labour Group. The current administration comprises 30 elected members –
9 Conservatives, 9 Labour, 9 SNP and 3 Independents.
The Council is managed through the panel process. Elected members attend panels throughout the
Council’s cycle of formal meetings. Throughout this process, elected members make decisions
about the strategic direction of individual Council services. Elected members also attend
full meetings of South Ayrshire Council held every eight weeks.