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On 5 March 2008 Communities Secretary Hazel Blears announced plans for a new White Paper focused on empowering citizens. At that time we published a discussion document called Unlocking the talent of our communities. Through this we were seeking views on a number of issues, including; ways to improve deprived areas, encourage active citizenship, improve local public services by involving local users and strengthen local accountability.
The Empowerment White Paper, to be published this Summer, will set out how the untapped talent of communities can be unleashed to ensure everyone has a greater say in improvements to public services, local accountability and opportunities for enterprise.
We have consulted with a wide range of people over the last few months and fed all the comments and suggestions that we have received through to the policy writers who will use them to inform the development of the White Paper.
We can still be contacted via our email address and we continue to welcome your thoughts and feedback.
Over the coming weeks we will continue to provide updates via our newsletter. To subscribe visit our Have your say newsletter area. Once you have registered select newsletters and tick subscribe to receive future editions of Unlocking the Talent of our Communities.
Also find out more about our Community Power Packs (under Related Publications below). These packs have been designed to help local groups to contribute to the empowerment debate by running a discussion group. Whilst the feedback from these events will be used to inform the development of the White Paper, they should not be limited to this and our aim is that over time we will develop the packs to support ongoing work on empowerment and future consultations.
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