About us

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.


We 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
  • supporting local fire and rescue authorities so that they’re able to respond to emergencies and reduce the number and impact of fires


In 2014 our priorities will 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
  • bringing people together in strong united, communities

Corporate information

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Corporate reports