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5. Power and Politics ­ part 1
Local Government

Local Authorities Local councils that make decisions for a local area. Could
be a unitary authority, borough, district council, town
council or parish council.
Councillor Someone who is elected by local people to represent them
on the local council
Ward An…

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There are two main types of government system in the world- democracy and

Democracy is a system of government where the people elect the government in a secret
ballot, there is a choice of political parties and there is a free press and free speech.
The original example…

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Local government is responsible for public services such as housing, social services,
environmental services (rubbish collections, street cleaning, lighting, recycling, and
parks) education (not the curriculum but running schools and recruiting staff).

Local governments receive most of their money from the central government but also
receive money from the Council…

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Join a pressure group ­ e.g. a group to protect an area of natural
beauty from being destroyed for a new motorway, or to prevent the
closure of a school
Organise a community meeting and ask your councillors to attend.
Stand as a candidate for your council in the next…


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