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Communities in control White Paper published – Wednesday 9 July 2008

A White Paper setting out proposals to deliver a fundamental shift in power, influence and responsibility into the hands of communities and citizens has been published.

Communities in control: real people, real power sets out how the Government plans to give citizens and communities more rights and more power through:

  • more information and greater influence over the local decisions that affect them;
  • new means of holding politicians and councils to account; and
  • where they choose, more opportunity to get directly involved in managing and shaping how local services are delivered.

The White Paper also includes plans for a £7.5m empowerment fund to help third sector organisations give a voice to communities and a £70m Communitybuilders fund. The Communitybuilders fund will be a joint programme from the Communities and Local Government department and the Office of the Third Sector. It has been established to provide support for community projects and about 400 organisations across England will benefit from the scheme, which will offer a mixture of grants and loans.

For the full press release go to: www.communities.gov.uk/news (opens new window).

To download the White Paper go to: www.communities.gov.uk/publications (opens new window).

For more information about the Communitybuilders Fund go to: www.thirdsector.co.uk/News (opens new window).