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Communities and neighbourhoods

Where people live has a huge bearing on their quality of life. The best way to increase wellbeing and prosperity in a community is to put local people in charge – including the power to take control of the big decisions and develop and shape their own plans.

Here you'll find case studies and research that considers what’s worked in the past. For example, lessons from the community regeneration initiatives of recent years might shape your ideas for developing the Big Society in a local area. We also have details on how we support community-led development.

You’ll also find practical advice about meeting the needs of different groups, such as young people, the homeless, older people and gypsies and travellers. You can also learn more about the growing role of the third sector and affordable housing models like community trusts and co-operatives.

See how we work with communities and download our community engagement toolkit

Find out more about the Government’s priorities for communities and neighbourhoods, including the Big Society

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