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Who Decides What?

As part of a community, we elect people, called politicians, to make decisions on our behalf.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) are politicians who work for us at the Northern Ireland Assembly in Belfast. They make laws and decisions about Northern Ireland.

MLAs aren’t the only politicians making decisions that affect our lives.

We also elect local councillors. They do not make laws, but they do make decisions about services in your local council area. We elect Members of Parliament (MPs) too. They go to London and make laws that affect everyone in the United Kingdom (UK).

And that’s not all. The UK is member of a group of countries called the European Union (EU). The EU has a parliament that makes laws for all the countries in the EU. Northern Ireland elects three Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

We have local councillors, MLAs, MPs and MEPs making decisions for us. So who decides what?