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Moraymarker (pronounced Murray, Scottish Gaelic Moireibh or Moireabh) is one of the 32 council areas of Scotlandmarker.It lies in the north-east of the country, with coastline on the Moray Firth, and borders the council areas of Aberdeenshiremarker and Highlandmarker.

Towns and villages



Politics

Moray Council

see also Moray council election, 2007


The Moray council area was created in 1996, under the Local Government etc. Act 1994, with the boundaries of the former Moray district of the two-tier Grampianregion.

Local government districts had their own directly elected councils. Therefore they were said to be part of a two-tier system of local government. This was abolished by the 1994 legislation, in favour of unitary councilareas. The districts, and the regions, had been formed in 1975, under the Local Government Act 1973.

Moray Sign
The Moray district had been formed by combining the local government county of Moraymarker, except Grantown-on-Speymarker and Cromdalemarker areas, with Aberlourmarker, Buckiemarker, Cullenmarker, Dufftownmarker, Findochtymarker, Keithmarker and Portknockiemarker areas of the county of Banffmarker.The Grantown-on-Spey and Cromdale areas had been combined with Kingussiemarker and Badenoch areas of the county of Inverness to form the Badenoch and Strathspey district of the Highlandmarker region.

Current political composition:

The Moray Council area
Party Councillors
Independent 11
Scottish National Party 10
Conservative 3
Labour 2


Moray Council has been controlled by an Independent/Conservative coalition since May 2007. [21986]

Parliamentary constituencies

In the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdommarker (Westminstermarker), the council area is covered the Moray constituencymarker.

In the Scottish Parliamentmarker (Holyroodmarker), most of the council area is covered by the Moray constituency, which is in the Highlands and Islands electoral region. The Keithmarker area, however, is within the Gordon constituency, which is in the North East Scotland electoral region.


Moray economy

Employment

The working population of Moray in 2003 was nearly 40,000 of which around 34,000 were employees and 6,000 self-employed. Of this 34,000, 31% are employed in the public sector compared with 27% for Scotland and 25% for the UK (the RAF personnel are not included in these figures). Only 18% of jobs are managerial or professional compared to 25% for Scotland.
People employed in Moray (2003)

Economic performance

The gross value added (GVA) in Moray was £1.26 billion, in 2003. This corresponds to an output of £14,500 per resident and was 6% below the average for Scotlandmarker and 12% below that of the UKmarker.

The diagrams show the strong reliance on the food and drink industry i.e. the distilling, canned food and biscuit manufacturing industries. The public sector is also very prominent. Of the total GVA of £1.26billion, food and drink is responsible for 19% while 3% is the Scottishmarker figure and 2% for the UK. Moray is responsible for 9% of the entire food and drink GVA of Scotland. Significant areas where Moray has a larger than average share of national markets are in tourism, forest products, textiles and specialized metal working. In contrast, however, Moray is significantly under-represented in the business services area at 15% of GVA while it is 19% for Scotland and 25% for the UK.
 


Earnings

Compared to Scottish or UK levels, average incomes in Moray are low. The average wage in 2003 was £286 per week which was 12% below the Scottish average and 18% below the UK (these statistics exclude the armed forces). These figures reflect the large amount of part-time employment, with fewer qualified workers and less managerial and professional jobs. 16% of residents out-commute which is relatively high and of these, two-thirds work in Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire mainly in the oil and gas industry. These out-commuters earn significantly more than local workers.

Business base

In 2004, there were around 2,500 VATregistered businesses in Moray with 75% of businesses employing fewer than 5 people and about a half of firms with a turnover of less than £100,000. 60% of employees are employed in small firms compared to 48% for Scotland as a whole.

Moray's major companies export their products to other UK regions and abroad and many of the smaller companies have direct involvement with neighbouring economies in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Highland. Also, a large out-commuting workforce (estimated to be in excess of 5000 people) derives its income from the neighbouring centres of Aberdeenmarker and Invernessmarker.
VAT registered enterprises in Moray (2004)



Note: 2003 and 2004 data at SCOTDAT is the most uptodate as of August 2006

Population

Unlike many other regions of Scotland which are experiencing population decline, Moray's population is expected to grow modestly to around 91,000 by 2024.
Projected population for Moray (2004 - 2024)
Source: General Register Office for Scotland[21987]


References

  1. GVA = Gross Value Added is the term now used for total wealth created in the regional economy. Measured at basic prices, it is close to what was formerly known as Gross Domestic Product at factor cost.
  • Joint report HIE Moray and Moray Council entitled "MORAY 2020: STRATEGY FOR THE DIVERSIFICATION OF THE ECONOMY OF MORAY FOLLOWING RESTRUCTURING OF THE RAF BASES AT KINLOSS AND LOSSIEMOUTH" available at both web sites.


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GVA per head of population (1998 - 2003)
Industry GVA (2003)
Manufacturing GVA (2003)

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