Tuvalu is a constitutional monarchy with two spheres of government, central and local. The legal basis for Tuvalu local government is the Falekaupule Act 1997 and there is only one level, which is the Kaupule (island council). The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is responsible for local government and is the under the Department of Rural Development which oversees local government. A quarterly assembly is held by each Kaupule where the annual budget and development plans prepared by the island council are assessed by the people. The common services that all island councils offer include land transport, lagoon travelling services, mechanical and joinery maintenance services, provision and maintenance of roads and public facilities such as meeting halls, recreation facilities (playing fields, multi-purpose courts), transport facilities, beach ramps and land title records. Services provided by national government in partnership with the island councils include health, education, agriculture and fisheries.
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