There is no constitutional division of powers between the central
government and local government in Britain as there is in the United
States between the federal government and state and local government
Local governments can be either councils or authorities at the county.
Local councils are controlled by laws and policies established by
the central government, particularly concerning budgets and spending.
Councils at the local level in Britain are responsible for police
and fire services, roads, traffic, housing, building regulations,
libraries, environmental issues, and schools paid for by direct
grants from central authorities.