Central Government

The main link between local authorities and central government in England is the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. It is responsible for national policy on how local government is set up, what it does, how well it works, and how it is funded.

Central Government Organisations

Some other central government organisations:

  • Attorney General's Office
  • Cabinet Office
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Department for Education
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Department for Exiting the European Union
  • Department for International Development
  • Department for International Trade
  • Department of Health & Social Care
  • Department for Transport
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • HM Treasury
  • Home Office
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of Justice

You can find out more about each at the gov.uk list of departments, agencies and public bodies.

MPs

The public elects MPs to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons. MPs are involved in considering and proposing new laws, and can use their position to ask government ministers questions about current issues.

European Parliament

The European Parliament is the only directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU). Together with the Council of the European Union, it forms the legislative branch of the Union's institutions and is composed of MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) elected every five years.

Last updated on 02/08/2018

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