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Money raised from income tax pays for government services such as roads, education, police and the armed forces.
People can apply to join the civil service through an application process, like other jobs in the UK. Civil servants are expected to carry out their role with dedication and a commitment to the civil service and its core values.
In the 2009 Citizenship Survey, 21% of people said that they had no religion.
The Northern Ireland Assembly can make decisions on issues such as:
The UK has had a fully democratic voting system since 1928. The present voting age of 18 was set in 1969.
The leader of the opposition also appoints senior opposition MPs to be ‘shadow ministers’. They form the shadow cabinet and their role is to challenge the government and put forward alternative policies.
NATO is a group of European and North American countries that have agreed to help each other if they come under attack.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland a jury has 12 members, and in Scotland a jury has 15 members.
Christmas is celebrated in a traditional way. People usually spend the day at home and eat a special meal, which often includes roast turkey, Christmas pudding and mince pies.
In England, parliaments were called for the king to consult his nobles, particularly when the king needed to raise money.
Shakespeare had a great influence on the English language and invented many words that are still common today.
Adult citizens of other EU states who are resident in the UK can vote in all elections except General Elections.
The Normans used a system of land ownership known as feudalism.
A British sailor, Sir Francis Chichester, was the first person to sail single-handed around the world, in 1966/67.
Small claims can also be issued online through Money Claims Online.
The Queen is the ceremonial head of the Commonwealth.
You must treat everyone equally, regardless of sex, race, religion, age, disability, class or sexual orientation.
The most famous competition is the Ashes, which is a series of Test matches played between England and Australia.
To be able to vote in a parliamentary, local or European election, you must have your name on the electoral register.
It is an offence not to have an MOT certificate if your vehicle is more than three years old.
The London Eye is situated on the southern bank of the River Thames.
Arranged marriages, where both parties agree to the marriage, are acceptable in the UK.
In 1969, the voting age was reduced to 18 for men and women.
England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each have a national saint, called a patron saint. Each saint has a special day:
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