Public Sector: PR Store helps West Lothian find local volunteers

West Lothian Association of Community Councils (WLACC) is appealing to residents to join its group as part of a wider campaign to boost its profile.

Run by volunteers, the 34- strong body communicates the views of individual towns and villages to local authorities, in particular on planning and licensing applications.

The six-month drive is being handled by retained agency The PR Store and features a new website, a series of events, posters and leaflets.

PR Store managing director Adrian Mahoney said: 'The aim is to get residents to air their views on public services.'

Community councils were set up in Scotland in the mid-1970s as part of a shake-up of local government. Their main sources of income are grants from local authorities and fundraising.

WLACC hopes the publicity blitz will encourage people to get involved and make the group more accountable and accessible to the communities it serves.

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