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Department for Communities and Local Government

Eland House, Bressenden Place
London SW1E 5DU

"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."


Department for Communities and Local Government is 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.

The Department sets policy on supporting local government; communities and neighbourhoods; regeneration; housing; planning, building and the environment; and fire. The Department is ending the era of top-down government by giving new powers to councils, communities, neighbours and individuals.