District Councils Network
Understanding the reasons behind change
Sandra Dinneen on embracing and shaping change at the local level.
Districts resist council tax support pressure
Districts have hit back at Government pressure for them to pass on cash for local council tax support schemes (LCTS).
There are huge opportunities for districts to grasp
Collaborating and transforming is in districts' DNA, writes Louise Round.
Districts are the democratic gatekeepers to transformation
John Fuller on a new transformation toolkit launched by the District Councils' Network.
Calls for a new Audit Commission are an affront to localism
Ian Miller rejects recent calls for the reinvention of the Audit Commission.
The value of parks and green spaces
While many local authorities are considering selling off parks and green spaces to balance their budgets, Paul Shevlin explains why Craven DC is doing the opposite.
Government could intervene in tier splits row
The Government could be left to intervene to settle the thorny issue of business rates tier splits under 75% retention, The MJ understands.
Two-tier split issue to be decided
Work to thrash out how two-tier areas will split the cash from 75% business rates retention is expected to take place throughout the spring and summer.
Districts committed to contest single unitary
Buckinghamshire districts have vowed to fight plans for a single unitary council for the county after they were backed by local government secretary Sajid Javid.
Putin’s local putsch
In the aftermath of the Salisbury chemical attack, the media is abuzz with the potential consequences.
Javid backs county unitary in Buckinghamshire
Local government secretary Sajid Javid has backed a single unitary council for Buckinghamshire.
Government in 'live debate' on care funding
A ‘live debate’ over the funding of adult social care is taking place in Government, minister Caroline Dinenage has insisted.
Pushed by Putin
The circumstantial evidence against Russia over the attack on an ex-spy in Salisbury is pretty strong.
Social prescription is reducing demand in Wealden
Charles Lant explains how a unique collaboration between the council and the local GP has led to a dramatic reduction in local demand.
A boost to culture is a boost to the economy
Craven DC has used funding from Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery fund to boost culture - and therefore the local economy - in the district.
Truth hates delay
The Government can’t keep using the 2017 General Election and work on Brexit as excuses for inaction, writes Ian Miller.
The prize is additional and fairer funding - not just redistribution
We need to make the case through collaborative data analysis of the real needs within and across district areas, while supporting the aggregate needs within individual counties, writes Allen Graham.
East Anglia devolution back on agenda
An influential council leader has urged his colleagues to resurrect plans for devolution to East Anglia.
Chomping at the bit
The signs for the upcoming fair funding review are already not good.
Time to revisit our commissioning strategies and challenge contracts?
As some of the more traditional contracting arrangements get called into question, Louise Round asks whether it is time to challenge the notion that large scale contracts bring economies of scale and enhance service quality.