Levels of Government
Northern Ireland currently has four levels of government: the UK Parliament, the Northern Ireland Assembly, Local Councils and, until the UK leaves the European Union following the 'Brexit' vote, the European Parliament. So who decides what?
Thewas established under the in 1998. The UK Parliament powers to the Assembly on Tuesday 2 December 1999. The transfer of powers ended by the .
The Assembly now has the power toon a range of matters affecting the population of Northern Ireland. These are known as . The Assembly also has responsibility for appointing the and the work of and .
Westminster retains certain legislative powers that are divided intoand .
Membership of themeans that European Legislation affects Northern Ireland.
At a local level, 11 Councils make decisions about service provision in areas like leisure and waste management.
Do you know which level of government decides on the different issues in your community? Think about the implications of devolution as you take a walk through our street scene to test what you know.