Local Democracy
Voters sometimes wear rosettes to show their preferred party.

Local Democracy

In KS2 Citizenship, you will study local democracy. Local democracy is a political system. Democracy is a political system in which the people vote on issues affecting their country. Local democracy is where people vote on issues affecting their local area. Local elections are held regularly and people attend a polling station in order to cast their vote.

When you are nearing the voting age, it’s important to know what each political party represents so that you can make an informed decision when you vote. That’s a good few years in the future, so for now just concentrate on trying to do your best in this quiz about local democracy!

This quiz tests your knowledge of local councils and democracy.

  1. What is the name of the organisation that is responsible for our community?
    Make sure you don't get this word confused with counsel
  2. What is the name of the people who represent us in the council?
    Counsellors is also a word which sounds the same but has a different meaning
  3. How are councillors chosen?
    There are hundreds of councils in the UK
  4. What do councillors do?
    It is council workers that deliver our services such as emptying our bins
  5. How often are local elections held?
    You will know when an election is due as people put up posters and placards
  6. How old do you need to be to vote in a local election?
    You can drive a car at 17 but you have to wait another year to vote!
  7. What two types of mayor are there?
    Ceremonial mayors have no powers while elected mayors can make decisions
  8. Who chooses a ceremonial mayor?
    Have you ever seen your local ceremonial mayor?
  9. Who can attend council meetings?
    No one is turned away
  10. Which is not a council service?
    The council are responsible for looking after the local parks and public gardens

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