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Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

DCLG work to move decision-making power from central government to local councils. This helps put communities in charge of planning, increases accountability and helps citizens to see how their money is being spent.


DCLG state that they are responsible for:

  • supporting local government by giving them the power to act for their community - without interference from central government;
  • helping communities and neighbourhoods to solve their own problems so neighbourhoods are strong, attractive and thriving;
  • working with local enterprise partnerships and enterprise zones to help the private sector grow;
  • making the planning system work more efficiently and effectively; and
  • supporting local fire and rescue authorities so that they’re able to respond to emergencies and reduce the number and impact of fires.


In 2012 to 2013, their priorities were stated to be:

  • putting local councils and businesses in charge of economic growth and bringing new business and jobs to their areas;
  • getting the housing market moving again so there are more homes to buy and to rent at prices people can afford;
  • ensuring Council Tax payers get value for money and making their local council accountable to them;
  • turning round the lives of troubled families, giving them the chance of a better life and reducing the cost to the taxpayer; and
  • bringing people together in strong united, communities.

Office address and general enquiries

Eland House
Bressenden Place


General enquiries
0303 444 0000


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