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Departmental Film

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1392W, on departmental film, what the (a) title and (b) purpose was of each film produced by the Communications Directorate. (203070)

The eight films produced are as follows:

1. Mental health and social exclusion

Length: 12 minutes

Summary: Case studies about people with mental health problems who feel excluded from society. The film’s purpose is to enable people who feel excluded from society to successfully enter employment, by changing perceptions of people with mental health problems. The film was produced in consultation with the social exclusion unit.

Date: 2006

2. A film about the work of the Department

Length: 4 minutes

Summary: A montage of previous departmental videos.

Date: 2006

3. Strong and prosperous communities: A bigger voice

Length: 14 minutes 48 seconds

Summary: Examines how to create stronger relationships between service providers and residents. Research suggests that involving communities increases public trust, confidence in local democracy and improved services.

Date: 2006

4. What is community empowerment?

Length: 9 minutes 30 seconds

Summary: Focuses on the importance of engaging local people in shaping their communities for the better, based on examples from around the country. Produced with the Improvement and Development Agency.

Date: 2007

5. One year on (Celebrating success and looking to the future)

Summary: A PowerPoint presentation for departmental staff talking about improvements to working practices.

Date: 2007

6. Preventing extremism, strengthening communities

Length: 14 minutes 29 seconds

Summary: A film about local projects engaging communities and preventing extremism. It was used at the Building Stronger Communities Conference in 2007 and distributed to attendees to help spread best practice. It includes case studies and examples including faith leaders and young people.

Date: 2007

7. The Code for Sustainable Homes

Length: 5 minutes

Summary: For use with construction industry and local government on improving the construction and environmental friendliness of homes in the context of the new Code for Sustainable Homes.

Date: 2008

8. Improving the energy efficiency of our homes and buildings

Length: 11 minutes

Summary: A film for building owners, explaining how energy efficiencies can be made in buildings in order to tackle climate change. It also explores how energy performance certificates work and how they can benefit building owners.

Date: 2008