The Council of the Isles of Scilly is a sui generis authority in the ceremonial county of Cornwall, England, UK. It is elected every four years.[1]

The Local Government Act 1888 allowed the Local Government Board to establish in the Isles of Scilly "councils and other local authorities separate from those of the county of Cornwall "... for the application to the islands of any act touching local government." Accordingly, in 1890 the Isles of Scilly Rural District Council (the RDC) was formed as a sui generis unitary authority, outside the administrative county of Cornwall. Cornwall County Council provided some services to the Isles, for which the RDC made financial contributions. The Isles of Scilly Order 1930[2] granted the Council the "powers, duties and liabilities" of a county council. Section 265 of the Local Government Act 1972 allowed for the continued existence of the RDC, but renamed as the Council of the Isles of Scilly.[3][4]

Council elections


St Mary's by-election 23 May 2019[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Tim Dean 281 42.3
Independent Jeanette Ware 206 31.0
Independent Steve Whomersley 91 13.7
Independent Andrew Coombes 86 13.0
Majority 75 11.3
Turnout 664
Independent hold Swing
Bryher by-election 24 June 2021[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Andrew Frazer N/A N/A
Majority N/A N/A
Turnout N/A
Independent hold Swing


  1. ^ "Elections". Council of the Isles of Scilly. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Isles of Scilly Order 1930" (PDF). The National Archives.
  3. ^ "Isles of Scilly Cornwall through time". Retrieved 19 January 2007.
  4. ^ "Isles of Scilly RD Cornwall through time". Archived from the original on 6 May 2007. Retrieved 19 January 2007.
  5. ^ "The Isles of Scilly Order 1978". Article 5(1), Statutory Instrument No. 1978/1844 of 14 December 1978. UK Parliament.
  6. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — St Mary's Ward". Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Local Elections Archive Project — Bryher Ward". Retrieved 29 May 2022.