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.

What is the name of the organisation that is responsible for our community?
Make sure you don't get this word confused with counsel
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
How are councillors chosen?
Chosen by mayor
Voted for by people of the community in local elections
Voted for by council workers
Voted for by other councillors
There are hundreds of councils in the UK
What do councillors do?
They empty our bins
They debate and vote on issues concerning the community
They keep parks and gardens tidy
They work for the mayor
It is council workers that deliver our services such as emptying our bins
How often are local elections held?
Every year
Every month
Every 10 years
Every 4 years
You will know when an election is due as people put up posters and placards
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!
What two types of mayor are there?
Hereditary and ejected
Ceremonial and hereditary
Elected and hereditary
Ceremonial and elected
Ceremonial mayors have no powers while elected mayors can make decisions
Who chooses a ceremonial mayor?
People in the community
Council workers
Adult males in the community
Have you ever seen your local ceremonial mayor?
Who can attend council meetings?
Councillors and general public
General public and council workers
No one is turned away
Which is not a council service?
Road sweeping
Train service
Refuse collection
Parks and gardens
The council are responsible for looking after the local parks and public gardens
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - What is democracy?

Author:  Amanda Swift

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