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Issues: Government

The administration of government falls into two main areas - central government and local government. The former refers to decision-making for a nation, such as national security (defence), the latter relating to legislation at local authority level. Responsibility for local government across the UK has been given to the devolved institutions, leaving Westminster with oversight of England only.




As well as the array of content you'll find around Democracy Live UK Politics on the BBC news website draws together coverage of national and local politics.

BBC Northern Ireland, BBC Scotland and BBC Wales have their own sections with more national and local political news.

You can see and listen to a range of BBC political programmes in the iPlayer.

BBC Learning has many clips relating to politics which can be used as a resource by pupils and teachers.

There are also a host of BBC blogs on the subject, including BBC political editor Nick Robinson's Newslog, Newsnight's political editor Michael Crick's blog, and Martin Rosenbaum's Open Secrets blog about freedom of information.

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