County Councils Network

  • Further delay to devolution drive

    24 April 2019

    The Government’s repeatedly-delayed devolution framework will not be published until after Brexit, minister Jake Berry has admitted.


  • Corbyn launches attack on fair funding review

    11 April 2019

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has entered the debate over the fair funding review, claiming it ‘will make poorer areas even poorer’.


  • If empowered, councils can achieve much more on public health

    09 April 2019

    Rather than seeking to downgrade the role of public health within local authorities we should be seeking to enhance it, says Nathan Elvery.


  • Chiefs hit back at 'rich list'

    09 April 2019

    Chief executives have hit back at claims from the Taxpayers’ Alliance pressure group that more local authority staff are being paid six-figure salaries.


  • Council housebuilding figures highest in 17 years

    28 March 2019

    Local authorities built 3,540 homes in the UK in 2017/18, the highest in 17 years. according to latest figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, but a total of 12,059 council homes were sold.


  • Councils defend council tax hikes

    27 March 2019

    Councils have had ‘little choice’ but to raise council tax to protect local services, the Local Government Association has said, after the latest tax rises were revealed.


  • Change will be necessary to fix a broken funding system

    06 March 2019

    Compromises along the way will be needed if the sector is to secure the implementation of the fair funding review, says Simon Edwards.


  • Asset sales help to reduce frontline cuts

    04 March 2019

    Frontline services would have faced further cuts if councils had not sold assets, the County Councils’ Network (CCN) has said.


  • Rebooting the relationship

    27 February 2019

    The transfer of public health responsibilities to councils has been a success, say sector experts interviewed for an independent report commissioned by the County Councils’ Network. But health stakeholders are not so positive.


  • Taking back some public health commissioning from councils would be a 'retrograde step'

    26 February 2019

    With 'clear progress and tangible success' on public health delivery in local government, the suggestion that NHS England could take back some elements of public health commissioning would be a retrograde step, says David Williams.


  • Rebooting the relationship

    26 February 2019

    Directors of public health believe the impact of the transfer of public health responsibilities to councils in 2013 has been a positive one in county areas, according to a new report commissioned by the County Councils' Network.


  • Counties in NHS grab warning

    26 February 2019

    Councils have warned the NHS not to grab back responsibility for key public health services.


  • Counties urge Whitehall to ‘look again’ at social care funding formula

    22 February 2019

    County councils have voiced concerns over the Government’s proposed formula for funding adult social care.


  • Mets feeling deprived over funding formula

    06 February 2019

    Can the sector reach a consensus on the weighting given to deprivation in the fair funding formula? Ann McGauran examines the local government reaction


  • There is no perfect method

    23 January 2019

    'Fair funding' looks to be provoking arguments similar to two bald men fighting over a comb, but reductions in spending estimates for some of the most deprived authorities are not a good look, says Ben Page.


  • Let's build on the positives of 2018

    08 January 2019

    Director of the CCN Simon Edwards says that while the latest fair funding consultation is on a positive trajectory there is still a way to go to reset an opaque and unfair system.


  • Cracking the code

    08 January 2019

    The complexity of the budgetary challenges faced by English councils has raised the alarm within the sector about its ability to resist future financial shocks. Will CIPFA's new resilience index help? Ann McGauran reports


  • Councils may have to hand back grant

    11 December 2018

    Some of the extra £55m Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) announced by the chancellor in the Budget may have to be handed back by councils.


  • Economic value of social care tends to slip under the radar

    28 November 2018

    The social care Green Paper must set out proposals that recognise the need to develop a motivated, skilled and properly remunerated workforce, says new chairman of the Association of County Chief Executives Anthony May


  • EXCLUSIVE: The Bucks stops here

    22 November 2018

    Local government secretary James Brokenshire will only invite new unitary proposals in the case of another Northamptonshire CC-type collapse, The MJ understands.