Communities and Local Government

Communities and Local Government

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The single theme that underlies this report on the performance of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is: delivery. The DCLG faces unusual challenges as a result of how it is structured and its reliance on the performance of other departments, agencies, local authorities for the achievement of its goals set by the Government. Most of the money for which DCLG is responsible is spent for it by someone else - by over 450 local authorities, 47 local fire brigades, by large government agencies such as the soon-to-exist Homes and Communities Agency with a Ap2.2 billion budget. The challenge of delivery is examined under several headings: the capability review carried out by the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit; the ten public service agreements (focussing particularly on decent homes, fire and rescue services, race equality and community cohesion and gender equality); home information packs; FireLink and FiReControl, two major technology projects currently under way and both overdue and exceeding planned costs. On the Departmental report, the Committee welcomes the higher standard of the report, and the improvement in provision of full and clear information to Parliament and the public. A concern remains about the number of staff reporting feeling bullied, harassed or discriminated against.Departmental Annual Report 2007; Second Report of Session 2007-08; Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written ... Supporting local solutions to tackling extremism, by supporting Local Authority work through the Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund; ... violent extremist activity and support the police and security services; and develop their own capacity to deal with such problems.

Title:Communities and Local Government
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Communities and Local Government Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2008-01


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