How Government Works

In the UK, the Prime Minister leads the government with the support of her Cabinet and Ministers. You can find out who runs government and how government is run, as well as learning about the history of government by clicking the links.

Parliament is separate from government. Made up of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, its role is to:

  • look at what the government is doing
  • debate issues and pass new laws
  • set taxes

Members of Parliament have 3 main areas of responsibility: legislation (making and amending laws), scrutiny (closely examining the work of government) and representation (looking after the best interests of their constituents).

You can find out all about Parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords by visiting the excellent website Parliament.uk and don't forget to see all the videos on our YouTube Channel too.