Malta is a parliamentary republic with two tiers of government: central and local. Local government is enshrined in Malta’s constitution and is governed by the Local Councils Act 1993. The Department of Local Government (formerly known as the Local Councils Department) was set up within the Ministry of Justice and Local Government and now resides in the Office of the Prime Minister. Its role is to monitor and support councils and spearhead devolution and decentralisation. Malta has a single-tiered local government system with 68 councils: Gozo has 14 councils while the island of Malta has 54, including a city council for the capital Valletta. There are also 16 subordinate administrative committees for the larger hamlets in a number of council areas. Local councils have revenue-raising powers; however over three-quarters of their revenue comes from central government transfers. Local councils in Malta are responsible for the maintenance of footways, road signs, playgrounds, gardens and leisure facilities, and for refuse collection and a range of health service institutions.
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