A selection of images representing communities.
Following the change of government we are reviewing all content on this website.
On 26 October 2006, the Department published a white paper entitled Strong and Prosperous Communities - The Local Government White Paper .
The white paper is on the side of individuals and families who want to make a difference, both to their own lives and to the communities in which they live.
Our vision is of revitalised local authorities, working with their partners, to reshape public services around the citizens and communities that use them.
This means changing the way we work to give citizens and communities a bigger say; to enable local partners to respond more flexibly to local needs; to reduce the amount of top-down control from central government - and to enable citizens and communities to play their part.