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It's time to put people back in charge of their lives, businesses and councils back in charge of economic growth and town halls back in charge of local affairs. We will decentralise power from Whitehall and build the Big Society.

It's time to put people back in charge of their lives, businesses and councils back in charge of economic growth and town halls back in charge of local affairs. We will decentralise power from Whitehall and build the Big Society.

We are delivering the localist vision by:

  • radically transforming local government, freeing it from central and regional control
  • setting the foundations for a Big Society by returning power to citizens, families and communities
  • returning decision-making powers on housing and planning to local communities, allowing them to protect the character of their neighbourhoods while meeting the demand for housing from a growing and ageing population
  • helping councils and local business to work together to promote economic recovery and the regeneration of deprived and run-down communities.

For this to work we need to give people the power to improve our public services, through transparency, local democratic control, competition and choice. We are doing this by:

  • beginning a new era of transparency, accountability and openness so local people can hold elected officials to account
  • cutting red tape and central bureaucracy and freeing local councils to deliver for the public not central government
  • changing the balance of power in the country so power goes right back to the people giving them a genuine voice in their neighbourhood.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has an extensive remit that is delivered mainly by six policy areas. Click on the links below to get an overview of each area.

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