Chapter 1 – Section 1 : The values and principles of the UK



British society is founded on fundamental values and principles which all those living in the UK should respect and support. These values are reflected in the responsibilities, rights and privileges of being a British citizen or permanent resident of the UK. They are based on history and traditions and are protected by law, customs and expectations. There is no place in British society for extremism or intolerance.

The fundamental principles of British life include:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • Participation in community life.

As part of the citizenship ceremony, new citizens pledge to uphold these values. The pledge is:

‘I will give my loyalty to the United Kingdom and respect its rights and freedoms. I will uphold its democratic values. I will observe its laws faithfully and fulfil my duties and obligations as a British citizen.’

Flowing from the fundamental principles are responsibilities and freedoms which are shared by all those living in the UK and which we expect all residents to respect.

If you wish to be a permanent resident or citizen of the UK, you should:

  • respect and obey the law
  • respect the rights of others, including their right to their own opinions
  • treat others with fairness
  • look after yourself and your family
  • look after the area in which you live and the environment.

In return, the UK offers:

  • freedom of belief and religion
  • freedom of speech
  • freedom from unfair discrimination
  • a right to a fair trial
  • a right to join in the election of a government.

 


‘Life in the United Kingdom  – A Guide for New Residents’ is Crown Copyright and is reproduced with the permission of Office of Public Sector Information.

3 Responses to “Chapter 1 – Section 1 : The values and principles of the UK”

  1. Hoi Li says:

    SOMETHING WRONG WITH THIS ANSWER AGAIN!!

    Which of the following is NOT a shared responsibility of those living in the UK?

    Select one:

    a. look after the area in which you live and the environment.

    b. donate generously Incorrect

    c. treat others with fairness

    d. respecting the rights of others, including their right to their own opinions

    Feedback

    http://www.lifeintheunitedkingdomtest.co.uk/?page_id=145

    The correct answer is: respecting the rights of others, including their right to their own opinions

  2. ap says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for the great website.
    I have been using mobile version and notice that the drop down list still points to old content i.e. the 2012 content.
    Can this be corrected. If i am mistaken, please ignore this.

    Thanks,

  3. anne says:

    WHY are there so many grammatical errors in your online test? This is really unbelievable.

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