Local councils are responsible for schools, parks, roads, culture and leisure services, council housing, social work, council tax and benefits and emergency services. Local government has very different responsibilities to other forms of government. The Scottish Parliament deals with Scottish issues such as education policy, Westminster looks after UK issues such as defence and the European Parliament is concerned with European-wide issues such as the environment.

First broadcast:
18 March 2003

Students could use the clip to list the services supplied by the local council. Following the clip, and as revision for council services, students could work in groups to participate in card games that involve matching powers to the correct branch of government.