How does the government work?
The Prime Minister of the UK is in charge of the country with the support of the Cabinet and ministers, together they are responsible for all policy and decisions made by ‘the government’.
What does the Prime Minister do?
- Appoints members of the government
- Oversees the operation of the Civil Service and government agencies
- The head (principal government) figure in the House of Commons
What is ‘The Cabinet’?
- A group of senior members of government
- The group is made up of Secretaries of State from all departments and other ministers
- Every week they meet to discuss important issues
What are ministers?
- The Prime Minister chooses them from the member of the House of Commons and the House of Lords
- They are responsible for the actions, successes and failures of their department
Government departments and agencies are responsible for putting the policies into action.
To ensure you, as the general public, know what is going on inside those fancy buildings (parliament), the government publishes ‘transparency’ information about how the government works, to allow you to make politicians, public services and public organisations more accountable. They are committed to published how much public money has been spent on what, how the government is doing with it’s objectives and the job titles of senior civil servants (and their salary). For a closer look at the data, click here.