In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, ‘devolved governments’ have law-making powers in some areas.

Since devolution, some policies and services (eg education, health and transport) are different in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly have law-making powers on day-to-day issues.

They work alongside the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Northern Ireland Executive.

The UK government is still responsible for national policy on things that aren’t devolved, including:

  • foreign affairs
  • defence
  • social security
  • trade

There is no devolved government for England.