County Councils Network

  • Probing the profit motive

    04 June 2024

    The County Councils’ Network has set out a blueprint for sustainable council services, including a call for a cap on the cost of children’s residential care placements. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Solving the price hike challenge

    04 June 2024

    Soaring demand for children’s care placements has driven a culture of profiteering providers and experts say cracking the problem requires a multi-faceted solution. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Gove silent after LGA letter on Oflog

    04 June 2024

    Local Government Association (LGA) leaders have failed to receive a reply from communities secretary Michael Gove to their letter on the controversial council league tables story.


  • Hoare: We still want productivity plans

    30 May 2024

    Local government minister Simon Hoare has insisted he still wants councils to draw up unpopular productivity plans despite the calling of the General Election, The MJ understands.


  • Counties call for action in key election battlegrounds

    28 May 2024

    Simon Edwards outlines CCN members' asks of the General Election contenders ahead of polling day with the launch of its Manifesto for Counties.


  • Let's have a real conversation about money

    07 May 2024

    We need a serious, grown-up conversation about what kind of state we want, what kind of state we can afford and how we want to pay for it, says Rachael Shimmin.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Demand surges for UASC age assessments

    09 April 2024

    Councils are struggling to cope with demand for age assessments of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) as record numbers arrive once again in Kent.


  • Association in tax havens crackdown

    08 April 2024

    Council directors have praised the Children’s Homes Association (CHA) for tightening its membership criteria to crack down on firms based in tax havens.


  • Setting out the foundation of a long-term housing plan

    13 March 2024

    Over the coming weeks, CCN will outline a host of different reforms, from improving delivery of all housing tenures to resourcing planning departments better, writes Simon Edwards.


  • Budget: Boost for preventative services 

    06 March 2024

    Funding for preventative services has been announced as part of the Budget in an attempt to relieve local government’s demand pressures.


  • 14 years on: The ‘winners’ and ‘losers’

    27 February 2024

    New data shows how £13.9bn of cumulative cuts in local authority funding in the 14 years since 2010-11 have hit the sector. Ann McGauran and Maks Wieczorski report.


  • Working with Government can deliver real dividends

    15 February 2024

    Collaboration with Government can achieve real results for communities and councils should not be afraid of embracing productivity, says Cllr Kevin Bentley.


  • Extra funding eases the pain for councils

    05 February 2024

    Whether MPs really would have voted the finance settlement down, we will never know, says James Maker. But the letter from 46 MPs 'was undoubtedly the tipping point in the negotiations'.


  • Sector should adopt national branding campaign to boost workforce

    05 February 2024

    Local government should adopt a national branding campaign to recruit and retain staff amid a worsening workforce crisis, the County Councils’ Network has urged.


  • Staff shocks

    02 February 2024

    A new report from the County Councils' Network and PwC lays out some solutions to a complex sector recruitment problem that’s worsening by the year, says Simon Edwards.


  • Challenges remain following funding boost

    24 January 2024

    A £600m boost to the Local Government Finance Settlement has been welcomed, but has not resolved the sector’s funding issues, the Government has been warned.


  • Finance settlement set for £500m boost

    24 January 2024

    The Local Government Finance Settlement is to expected to be boosted by £500m, following pressure from sector lobbying and MPs.


  • Is it going to be giveaways or propping up councils?

    23 January 2024

    Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has asked Treasury staff to scout for potential cash for local government, and he received news of a fiscal windfall this week. Could that mean a boost to the settlement, asks Heather Jameson.


  • The Hunt for cash

    23 January 2024

    The Treasury has asked an internal team of experts to hunt down potential extra cash for local government, The MJ understands.


  • SEND school transport’s impossible situation

    23 January 2024

    Suzanne Smith and Ann Carruthers set out recommendations to government from a report highlighting the unsustainable pressures councils face from the cost of providing SEND school transport.