Life in the UK Test - Study Guide by Paul Lancaster & Mary­Ann Coull

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12.  We normally need permission from both parents.  If you write or telephone us for the application form and guide, we will also send you a fees leaflet. Dealing with the application 13.  The time it takes us to deal with an application varies according to individual circumstances and how many applications we have to deal with at the time.  You should contact the authorities of the country concerned before you apply for naturalisation. Notes 1.  The Home Secretary may decide that the person does not have to meet this requirement if he or she is old or physically or mentally disabled.

Today local authorities in England and Wales have considerably less control over the organisation of these services than they did in the past.  Citizens can take them to court if they do not perform them.  This is a simpler system to understand and operate, but financial constraints make the two systems more similar than might be supposed.  Some see this as diminishing the powers of local government but others see it as a way of involving more ordinary citizens in how their area is run.  Serving on the local council is still frequently the first step (but less so than in the past) to getting the local party to nominate someone as a candidate for election to the national Parliament or Assembly or to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Have sufficient knowledge of English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic (see Note 1); e.  The person applying may, however, live abroad if he or she plans to go into, or continue in Crown service working directly for the Government of the United Kingdom (see Note 2), if he or she plans to work with an international organisation which the United Kingdom is a member of, or work for a company or association established in the United Kingdom ; and f. meet the residential requirements set out in paragraphs 3 and 4 below; or the requirement described in paragraph 5.

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