Abstracts: July 26th, 2006

The Department for Communities and Local Government has published plans for transforming the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister into the re-badged DCLG. The focus of the Department will be to support stronger communities and places in which people feel proud to live; to challenge extremism and intolerance, and to build cohesion. It will also seek to narrow inequalities so that the most disadvantaged share opportunities to build a stake in society for themselves and their families.The new structure will be in place by October. This will include the creation of a new Board with significant changes in role and function. There will be external recruitment to bring new talent into the organization and to strengthen capacity.

The posts to be filled by open competition are Director General, Equalities – to lead the Department’s work on race, faith, gender and sexual orientation; Director General, Governance and Communications and Director Finance.

The booklet setting out the plan is available at: www.communities.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1501454