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Glasgow City Council
Full council election every 5 years
Coat of arms or logo
Coat of arms
Glasgow City Council logo
Preceded by Glasgow District Council
Lord Provost of Glasgow
Cllr Philip Braat, Labour
Since 23 January 2020
Leader of the Council
Cllr Susan Aitken, SNP
Since 18 May 2017
Chief executive
Annemarie O'Donnell
Since 12 November 2014
Seats 85
Glasgow City Council composition
Political groups
     SNP (35)
Other parties
     Labour (30)
     Conservative (7)
     Greens (6)
     Independent (5)
     Alba (2)
Single transferable vote
Last election
5 May 2017
Next election
5 May 2022
Let Glasgow Flourish
Meeting place
Headquarters of the council
Glasgow City Chambers

Glasgow City Council is the local government authority for the City of Glasgow, Scotland. It was created in 1996 under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, largely with the boundaries of the post-1975 City of Glasgow district of the Strathclyde region.


The early city was run by the old "Glasgow Town Council". In 1895, the Town Council became "The Corporation of the City of Glasgow" ("Glasgow Corporation" or "City Corporation"). It retained this title until local government re-organisation in 1975, when it became "City of Glasgow District Council". In 1996, following the dissolution of Strathclyde Regional Council and the transfer of its responsibilities to Glasgow District Council, the authority was renamed "Glasgow City Council".

The title Lord Provost of Glasgow, used now for the civic leader of the city council, has history dating from the 15th century.

During World War I, the council was unique in the United Kingdom in appointing an official war artist, Frederick Farrell.

Glasgow Corporation Transport was under the control of the Glasgow Corporation, and ran the local buses and Glasgow Trams, until it was superseded by the Greater Glasgow Passenger Transport Executive on 1 June 1973.

During the period of two tier local government (Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973), 1975 to 1996, Glasgow District Council was responsible for refuse collection, museums, libraries and housing, while Strathclyde Regional Council had responsibilities for policing, fire service, water, education, social work and transport.

The city council established in 1996 (Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994), took on the powers and responsibilities previously divided between councils of the Glasgow City district and the Strathclyde region.

The council area borders onto East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire.

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