Mike Sergeant with posters showing local and national concerns
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Vote 2013: Do votes think locally or nationally?

Local elections are often seen as a way to send a message to Westminster about the state of the nation, and next week's elections in parts of England and Wales are being spoken of as a warm-up for the 2015 general election.

But many depend on services provided by local councils, and in Gloucestershire a safety education centre has received investment, while libraries and youth services have been hit.

So are voters thinking nationally or locally?

Mike Sergeant reports.