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Introduction to Journalism by Trevor Ibbotson, Richard Rudin

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12 Devolved and local government

Introduction and background
Devolution
Local government services
Local government structure and powers
Policing
Elections
Who can become a councillor?
What councillors do
Payments to councillors
Councillors and officers
How councils operate
New political structures in councils in England and Wales
Scrutiny committees
Standards committees
A question of tax
Council spending
Best value
Reporting local government
What is a ‘key decision’?
Suggested activities
Sources and resources

Introduction and background

For around 200 years there have been complaints that government in the UK is too centrally controlled – certainly power is far more centralized in the UK than in many other comparable countries. ...

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