WEST Dunbartonshire Council has rubber stamped plans to agree additional governance arrangements for education in the Glasgow City Region.

The idea is to ensure greater collaboration between the relevant local authorities while maintaining local democratic accountability.

A report which went before councillors last week told of the background to the issue.

The report read: "The Directors/Heads of Service with responsibility for education in the eight local authorities which make up the Glasgow City Region have been meeting and exploring ways in which they can share practice and improve. This grouping has been known as the West Partnership.

"The West Partnership has been in existence in its current form for just under 12 months, but already has seen some successes from its activities."

At the meeting, the SNP's Dumbarton Councillor Karen Conaghan put forward a motion asking the assembled members to "agree" to delegate authority to the Educational Services Committee to consider the report and its recommendations and that should the committee agree to use the City Deal body as its vehicle for regional education collaboration, then any future reports should go "directly to the Educational Services committee."

Labour Kilpatrick ward Councillor Lawrence O'Neill put forward an amendment to the motion, asking council to agree that future reports go to council but the SNP motion was carried.