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March 4, 2009

MPs slam DCLG on eco-towns and Hips


by Gill Montia
MPs slam DCLG on eco-towns and Hips

MPs have slammed the government department that has responsibility for UK housing issues.

In a newly published report, a committee reviewing the work of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has concluded that the government body lacks the skills needed to formulate the policies for which it is responsible.

The taxpayer has been let down on eco-towns, home information packs and regional fire control centres as a result of a failure to engage and enthuse delivery partners.

The department’s key eco-town policy, which aims to create a series of new sustainable communities, is in particular difficulty because of public opposition and MPs are sceptical about its future.

The report also makes mention of the fact that the DCLG has been handed down a fine in connection with employee complaints about bullying.

The department, which says its vision is to “create great places where people want to live, work and raise a family” was established in 2006.

It is headed by communities’ secretary, Hazel Blears, and operates on a budget of around £34 billion.

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