Communities and Local Government

Communities and Local Government

Communities and Local Government

The Government is overseeing a fundamental shift of power away from Westminster to councils, communities and homes across the nation. A radical localist vision is turning Whitehall on its head by decentralising central government and giving power to the people.

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At the Department for Communities and Local Government we are helping to end big government and create a free, fair and responsible Big Society by:

  • decentralising power as far as possible
  • meeting people's housing aspirations
  • putting communities in charge of planning
  • increasing accountability
  • letting people see how their money is being spent.

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.

The Government has introduced Home Information Packs to improve the process of buying and selling a home. The Packs currently apply to homes marketed with three or more bedrooms. A key component of the HIP is the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which will rate the home's energy efficiency, using graphs like those on fridges and washing machines.

It includes recommendations on how to cut fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions, encouraging people to make improvements to the energy efficiency of their homes. From 10 September, all homes in England and Wales with 3 or more bedrooms will need a Home Information Pack (HIP), which includes a home energy rating. The Pack includes an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), containing advice on how to cut carbon emissions and fuel bills. Also included are documents such as a sale statement, searches and evidence of title.

CLG has issued a press release on the introduction of HIPs to 3 or more bedroom homes marketed for sale in England and Wales from 10 September. As of 10 September, every home put on the market with three or more bedrooms needs a Home Information Pack, which includes a home energy efficiency rating.

The Pack includes an Energy Performance Certificate, containing advice on how to cut carbon emissions and fuel bills. Also included are documents such as a sale statement, searches and evidence of title. This is the first stage of Home Information Packs (HIPs)

Detailed information, tailored to your industry

Find out what you need to do to prepare for the arrival of Home Information Packs:

  • Estate agents and auctioneers
  • Solicitors and conveyancers
  • Home Information Pack providers
  • Home Inspectors
  • Domestic Energy Assessors
  • Lenders
  • Housing developers
  • Housing associations and local authorities
  • Landlords and managing agents

Information about the Department for Communities and Local Government's ministerial team, the Board and our agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

To make sure we act and plan fairly, with all the information we need, the Department for Communities and Local Government's ministers work closely with:

  • a Board of senior managers
  • four Executive Agencies
  • a range of public bodies with special expertise in different areas

You can use this section of the website to learn more about who we are, and how we work together.

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.

Links to Department for Communities and Local Government annual reports, business plans and health and safety reports. Also includes information on procurement policy and better regulation.

How we do our business
The Department for Communities and Local Government has a vision of prosperous and cohesive communities that offer a safe, healthy and sustainable environment for everyone. To achieve this, we need to make sure that we are efficient, well-regulated and use our resources wisely.