Mr Brown announced he wanted to give parents, NHS patients and social tenants more control over services.
As part of this drive, he said the government would introduce a Community Empowerment Bill, which seeks to “give people greater power to influence local decisions - local spending decisions, local council agendas, the use of local assets - that affect them”.
The draft bill is being published for consultation.
Education, NHS and housing
An Education Bill aims to support the long-term goal of making sure that no schools are under performing by 2011, while the NHS bill will set out a new constitution that sets out what patients can expect to get from the health service.
The prime minister also unveiled plans for a rescue package for the country’s troubled housing market. The£200m fund would see money re-allocated to purchase unsold new homes and then rent them to social tenants or make them available on a shared ownership basis.