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What we do

We 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 is a ministerial department, supported by 12 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. Economic growth

    The government has 4 aims to help the economy to grow: to create the most competitive tax system in the G20; to make the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business; to encourage investment and exports as a route to a more balanced economy; and to create a more educated workforce that is the most flexible in Europe. 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. Making European funding work better for the UK economy

    Negotiating the European Union (EU) Common Strategic Framework for 2014 to 2020.

  2. Maintaining UK energy security

    Our strategy for energy security sets out how we will make sure the UK’s energy system remains secure against upcoming challenges.

  3. Making sure Council Tax payers get good value for money

    We're helping councils to freeze Council Tax bills and giving local people the right to vote against excessive Council Tax rises.

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Contact DCLG

Office address and general enquiries

Eland House
Bressenden Place
London

SW1E 5DU

Media enquiries

Make an FOI request

  1. Read about the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and how to make a request
  2. Check our previous releases to see if we’ve already answered your question
  3. Make a new request by contacting us at:

Freedom of Information requests

Information Rights Branch
Information Centre
Ground Floor Eland House
Bressenden Place

London
SW1E 5DU

High profile groups within DCLG

Corporate information

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