What we do

The Department for Communities and Local Government's job is to create great places to live and work, and to give more power to local people to shape what happens in their area.

DCLG is a ministerial department, supported by 10 agencies and public bodies.

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We work on these topics

  1. Housing

    The government is helping local councils and developers work with local communities to plan and build better places to live for everyone. This includes building affordable housing, improving the quality of rented housing, helping more people to buy a home, and providing housing support for vulnerable people. Read more

  2. UK economy

    All parts of the economy are growing - but the government still has a huge amount to do through continuing to create jobs and supporting businesses to grow. The government is also making sure that the recovery is a recovery for all and this means creating a more educated workforce and taking measures to help with the cost of living. Find progress updates on this page. Read more

  3. Local government

    The government is giving local councils more power to decide how to spend public money in their areas so they can meet local people's needs. At the same time, the government is helping to make sure Council Tax payers get value for money by making councils more transparent and accountable. Read more

  4. Planning and building

    The government has simplified the planning system so councils have the freedom to make decisions in the best interests of their area. Councils and communities should be central to a system that achieves socially, environmentally and economically sustainable development. Read more

  5. Public safety and emergencies

    The government provides funding and support for local emergency services including the police, fire and ambulance services, and sets national standards to make sure they are effective and consistent. Read more

  6. Community and society

    The government is supporting people who care about their communities and want to get involved in improving them. It believes that people understand the needs of their area best, which is why it is transferring power so people can make more decisions locally and solve their own problems to create strong, attractive and thriving neighbourhoods. Read more

Our policies

  1. Improving high streets and town centres

    Town centres across the country are being given the support and the opportunity to revitalise their high streets.

  2. Providing effective building regulations so that new and altered buildings are safe, accessible and efficient

    Ensuring that building regulations are fair, efficient, up to date, safe and effective.

  3. Helping households to cut their energy bills

    How we're helping households to save on their energy bills and supporting people in fuel poverty.

See all our policies

Contact DCLG

Office address and general enquiries

Eland House
Bressenden Place
London

SW1E 5DU

Media enquiries

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Ground Floor Eland House
Bressenden Place

London
SW1E 5DU

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