Jamaica - Local government





Local government is patterned on that of the United Kingdom and the unit of local government is the parish. Responsibility for local government is vested in 12 parish councils and the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation, which represents the amalgamation of two parishes. Since 1947, all of the councils (called parochial boards until 1956) have been fully elective, although the members of the House of Representatives from each parish are ex-officio members of the councils. Elections are normally held every three years on the basis of universal adult suffrage.

Local government authorities are responsible for public health and sanitation, poor relief, water supply, minor roads, and markets and fire services. Revenues come largely from land taxes, supplemented by large grants from the central government.

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moya bailey
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Aug 27, 2009 @ 9:09 am
Local government authorities are responsible for public health and sanitation, poor relief, water supply, minor roads, and markets and fire services. Revenues come largely from land taxes, supplemented by large grants from the central government.

this is new to me i did not know that, then if this is so the the parish council falls under the local govt.
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Apr 11, 2010 @ 10:10 am
The local governments are under the direct control and supervision of their respective members of parliament and the minister of local government.
The authority of the local governments has been usurped by the central government after independence, now the councilors are mere constituency watchmen for their political parties.
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Nov 9, 2010 @ 2:14 pm
i didnot know that the local government systems of jamaica was that important.
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Mar 21, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
So therefore local government is body of the parish councils?
deveshia
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Dec 20, 2012 @ 2:14 pm
What are the different local government in Jamaica?
slim
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Dec 22, 2012 @ 5:17 pm
who represents the local government and who makes up the parish council?

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