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What are local elections?

Local elections decide who runs local councils, which are also sometimes referred to as local authorities.

Councils control things like council housing, rubbish collection, recycling, parking, transport, roads and footpaths, parks, leisure centres and libraries.

Local elections are not to be confused with general elections or European elections.

The way local elections work is slightly different in England and Wales to how they work in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Click on the links below to find out more.

How do local elections work in England and Wales?

How do local elections work in Scotland?

How do local elections work in Northern Ireland?


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