Aberdeenshire councillors Paul Johnston (Democratic Independent) and Martin Ford (Green) have announced that they are reforming the Democratic Independent and Green Group (DIGG).
The DIGG operated as a group during the last Aberdeenshire Council term and had a significant influence on a number of areas of Council policy.
By working together as a formal group of two, Cllr Johnston and Cllr Ford are entitled to be treated as a group in terms of Council procedures. A single councillor cannot be recognised as a 'group'.
Motions and amendments put forward during Council meetings will only debated and voted on if they are seconded, so a group of two councillors can get issues debated whereas a single councillor may not be able to due to lacking a seconder for any proposal.
Cllr Paul Johnston said: "Reforming the DIGG makes sense because through co-operating as a group we can have more influence on the Council and get more done than we could as single councillors operating independently."
Cllr Martin Ford: "I look forward to working with Cllr Johnston again to seek improvements to the Council and its policies."