Governments, don't you just love 'em? Well whoever's in power it
always seems no matter what they do they just can't get it right.
But then you never can please all of the people, all of the time
So here we have created a Government sector, which differs a bit
from the industries on the other pages, but we still feel the Government
has to be accountable, not only at election time, but all the time.
FairComment wants to hear your views on how the government and the
ministers are doing at their job too.
On the Government page you will see we have outlined all the general
activities that the government is responsible for. Here you can
leave general comments about the government or about the roles of
We have also highlighted two other Government areas above which
are currently getting a lot of attention; The London Mayor and the
National Health Service. If you wish to make comments on these please
click on the icons above to take you to those pages. Of course no
less important are Education and Police and many others, we will
shortly add pages for these too, meanwhile please add any comments
about these services under the general government page.
FairComment's Guide to The Government
Well, it's always easy to knock the
Government, whoever it is in power. On these pages FairComment aims
to give you an overview of 'everything you wanted to know about
the Government but were to afraid to ask!' - a description of the
roles and responsibilities of the Government. So if you believe
they've failed in upholding these important positions or you want
to praise them for a job well done, let us know.
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and
Food, aims to help improve the economic performance of these
industries. It's role is to support farming and farmers but also
involves production and processing, food safety, the environmental
impact of farming, and the wider contexts of the UK economy and
the European Union.
The Arts Council -
The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is responsible
for appointing members onto the Arts Council. The Arts Council is
the national body for the arts in England, who distribute public
money from government and the lottery to artists and arts organisations,
both directly and through the 10 Regional Arts Boards.
Benefits - All forms
of benefit are the responsibility of the Department of Social Security,
except housing and council tax benefit, that are administered by
Budget - The twice-yearly budget
is the responsibility of the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Business - see Department of Trade
Communication OFTEL is the regulator
- or "watchdog" - for the UK telecoms industry and is
a government department but independent of ministerial control.
The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry appoints the Director
General of Telecommunications. OFTEL's aim is for customers to get
the best possible deal in terms of quality, choice and value for
Ministry of Defence
aims to provide the defence capabilities needed to ensure the security
and defence of the United Kingdom and the Overseas Territories (including
fighting terrorism) and to support the Government's foreign policy
objectives, particularly in promoting international peace and security.
This is the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Defence
Department of Education Employment is the government department
with responsibilities to give everyone in the UK the oportunity
for education, training and work with the aim of building an inclusive
and fair society and competitive economy
Energy - the Office
of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM) was formed early in 1999
by combining the functions of the former Office of Gas Supply (Ofgas)
and the Office of Electricity Regulation (OFFER).
Department of Environment,
Transport and the Regions (DETR) was fomed from the merger
of the former Departments of Environment and Transport in June 1997
after the May 1997 elections. This is the responsibility of the
Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions.
Amongst others the aims of the DETR are; to protect and improve
the environment; offer everyone the opportunity of a decent home;
promote efficient and integrated transport services across different
modes and reduce road traffic growth.
Finance - The governments
responsibilities for finance include; Her Majesty's treasury; Financial
Services Authority (FSA); Competition Commission (formerly monopolies
and mergers comission)
Food - See Agriculture, Fisheries
Foreign Affairs is the responsibility
of the Department for International Development (DfiD)
Health is the responsibility of
the Secretary of State for Health - see also NHS pages
The Housing Corporation is a UK
Government Agency. The Housing Corporations board is appointed by
the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
Immigration and nationality
issues are the responsibility of the Home Office.
The Inland Revenue is responsible, under the overall direction of
Treasury Ministers, for the efficient administration of income tax,
tax credits, corporation tax, capital gains tax, petroleum revenue
tax, inheritance tax, national insurance contributions and stamp
duties. The Department's job is to provide an effective and fair
tax service to the country and Government.
Law and Justice - Home Office, HM
Prisons, National Police Force
The Northern Ireland Office is the office of the Secretary of State
for Northern Ireland who maintains responsibility for constitutional
and security issues as they relate to Northern Ireland
The Scotland Office
is the government department responsible for ensuring that Scottish
interests are represented within the United Kingdom Government.
As part of the devolution settlement, the Scottish Executive, its
First Minister and the new Scottish Parliament now have responsibility
for devolved issues in Scotland such as health, housing and education.
But other issues such as employment, fiscal and economic policy,
taxation, social security, benefits and pensions are retained by
the Scotland Office.
Sport - Sport England
(formerly known as English Sports Council) is responsible for promoting
sport and is accountable to Parliament through the Secretary of
State for Culture, Media and Sport. Scotland, Wales and Ireland
Sports Councils also exist.
Taxes - see Inland Revenue
The Department of Trade and Industry
is the UK Government department with the overall aim "To increase
competitiveness and scientific excellence in order to generate higher
levels of sustainable growth and productivity in a modern economy."
This is the responsibility of Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.
Transport - see Department of Environment,
Transport and Regions
Utilities - See Energy (OFGEM) and
The Wales Office was formed on July
1 1999 when most of the powers of the Welsh Office were handed over
to the National Assembly for Wales. The Secretary of State for Wales
is responsible for liaising with the devolved administration in
Wales and represents Wales' interests in the Cabinet and in Parliament.
Water - Office of
Water Services (OFWAT) is the economic regulator for the water industry
in England and Wales.