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Community Empowerment - Building on Success

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

Today the Department for Communities and Local Government is publishing an action plan in partnership with the Local Government Association setting out a substantive and exciting community empowerment agenda. I will be launching the plan at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations later this morning.

The document “An Action Plan for Community Empowerment: Building on Success” outlines proposals to create change at a very local level. The plan draws on existing good practice and brings together a range of actions to broaden and deepen empowerment activity. It forms an important strand of the Government's overall strategy for constitutional renewal, as set out in the Governance of Britain Green Paper. It will also be a building block to develop a cross-Government approach to community empowerment. It sets out activities in three key areas: widening and deepening empowerment opportunities locally; supporting and enabling people to take up those opportunities; and strengthening local representative democracy.

The document has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses and can be accessed via the Communities and Local Government website at: http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/communities/communityempowermentactionplan