We are committed to strengthening ties between those who serve or have served in the armed forces and the communities in which they work and live. In 2016 WDC signed the Armed Forces Covenant and there is a council wide commitment to support the work and lives of the armed forces community.

Employee Recognition Scheme: Gold award winners 2019, Proudly supporting those who serveThe council supports the Ministry of Defence Firm Base initiative. This was set up to create stronger relationships between local authorities and the military services. There are link armed forces representative who feeds into the relevant armed forces groups:

About West Dunbartonshire

If you don't know West Dunbartonshire already, it's a great place to live and work.

Situated in the West of Scotland with just over 90,000 residents we have a choice of rural, urban and waterfront locations.  The area has a rich past shaped by its world famous shipyards along the Clyde. Boasts many attractions ranging from:

  • the iconic Titan crane
  • Dumbarton Rock
  • the beauty of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

We are just half an hour from Glasgow (via the A82 or M8).  A half-hourly train service which provides connections to Loch Lomond, Glasgow and beyond. 

Military spouse’s / partners

Located only a short drive from Faslane Naval Base, West Dunbartonshire council has developed strong links with the naval community. There are many military personnel residing in the area and a large number of spouses / partners in employment with WDC.

There is a strong recognition of the flexibility required from spouses / partners during times of deployment.  The flexible working practices provided at WDC well support these requirements and every effort is made to support spouses / partners and their families.


West Dunbartonshire Council provides affordable rented accommodation to over 10,000 tenants. For information on renting a house from the Council, please visit the tenancy and allocations page.

There are also a number of Housing Associations within West Dunbartonshire.  Information on renting from a housing association is available on the Housing Associations page.

There are also a large variety of private housing for sale and to rent across the West Dunbartonshire area.  Popular search sites are listed below.

Schools and Early Years

West Dunbartonshire has 32 primary, 5 secondary and 3 specialist schools.  These are all mixed and both non-denominational and denominational.

For more information on each school, including roll number and inspection reports, please visit the Schools page.

There are 22 Council run early learning and childcare centres that cater for age 2 to 5 years.  The Council also has partnerships with a number of private nurseries across the area.  Further information is available on the early years and childcare page.

Jobs and Training

Working4U offers a wide range of services which can help you get into work or access learning opportunities.  Further information is available on the Working4U page.

The Council employs over 6000 employees and is the largest employer in the area.  You can view our jobs on the myjobscotland website which also includes vacancies in neighbouring local authorities and public sector organisations.

West Dunbartonshire Council offer guaranteed interviews to disabled Veterans, Reservists or serving members of the Armed Forces preparing for leaving the service. The Council are working to increase links to encourage employment from ex service personnel. The Council place high value on the skills and work ethic that ex service personnel bring to the business and are keen to develop this further.

Health and Wellbeing

To find out about local health services visit:


Tel: 0141 201 4444

You can also get health information from:

For general information on health and wellbeing visit: http://www.wdhscp.org.uk/


Armed Forces and reservists can benefit from a discounted All Inclusive Membership.

  • £32 per month direct /debit or £320 Annual Paid In Full.
  • This membership is inclusive of all gyms, swimming pools, health suites and group fitness classes.

For more information email leisureservicesadmin@west-dunbarton.gov.uk.

Money Advice and Support

For assistance with Benefit, Tax Credits or Money/Debt advice please contact the Council’s Working 4 U Team.

Email: working4u@west-dunbarton.gov.uk

Tel: 01389 738296

Things to do in West Dunbartonshire

There are lots of visitor attractions across West Dunbartonshire. From Castles, to Lochs, shopping and beautiful parks there is always something to do, whatever the weather.

Information is available on the Tourism and Visitor Attractions page.