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Administrative Geography

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Administrative geography is all about the hierarchy of areas relating to national and local government in the UK.

This multi-layered hierarchy is complicated by the differing structure in each constituent country of the UK.

In addition, the boundaries of many of the layers in the hierarchy are subject to either periodic or occasional change.

Click on the headings below to find out more about the countries of the UK in general, or a specific country of your choice. 'Our Changing Geography' explains why and how boundary changes occur and also reviews the major reorganisation of local government in the 1990s and again in 2009.

Diagram of administrative geography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     

  • The countries of the UK

    Facts and figures about the countries that make up the United Kingdom

  • Our changing geography

    This section reviews the reasons for and processes of electoral ward/division boundary changes.

  • England

    Detailed information on the administrative structure within England

  • Scotland

    Detailed information on the administrative structure within Scotland.

  • Wales

    Detailed information on the administrative structure within Wales

  • Northern Ireland

    Detailed information on the administrative structure within Northern Ireland.

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