District Councils Network

  • Getting districts ‘match fit’ for the global stage

    21 January 2020

    The District Councils’ Network (DCN) annual conference in Warwick will provide a golden opportunity to shape our post-Brexit future, says Cllr John Fuller.


  • The stage is set for districts to demonstrate their key role

    14 January 2020

    We hope ministers take away the message from conference next month that it is districts, backed by long-term sustainable funding, who are best placed to turn the new decade into the roaring twenties, says Cllr John Fuller.


  • We need a longer-term strategy on nutrient neutrality

    09 January 2020

    All but a few new housing developments are getting planning permission because of the need for planning authorities in south Hampshire to demonstrate nutrient neutrality, according to Gill Kneller. She says a clear solution is needed.


  • Delayed audit council names kept under wraps

    14 November 2019

    The 150 councils where auditors were unable to issue an opinion by the end of September are expected to escape being named and shamed.


  • District councils play a major role in health and well-being.

    13 November 2019

    If we can keep our most vulnerable residents safe, well and happy in their own homes, this will prevent future health crises that could cost the public purse far more, says Paul Shevlin.


  • Councils ask General Election candidates for funding reforms

    06 November 2019

    Councils have made their pitches to the parties vying for control of Westminster as the General Election campaign officially gets under way.


  • DCN in high streets 'emergency' warning

    29 October 2019

    The District Councils’ Network (DCN) has warned Britain’s high streets are in a ‘state of emergency’ as annual retail planning applications have almost halved since 2015.


  • ‘Raise benefits to aid homeless’

    10 October 2019

    Campaigners are urging ministers to increase housing-related benefits and to support social housebuilding following the publication of several reports and datasets in the run-up to World Homeless Day today.


  • Councils call for powers and funds to tackle housing crisis

    04 October 2019

    Councils have called for more fiscal freedom to build their own social housing following latest figures showing new home starts in England have fallen by 8% in the quarter to June compared to the previous year.


  • A solid financial result

    18 September 2019

    The annoucement of £3.5bn for councils in the Spending Round was a solid result for districts, with many asks being met, says Cllr John Fuller. For the moment, he is focused on making the case for establishing a stable financial future.


  • Buckle up, it's going to be bumpy

    11 September 2019

    Louise Round says districts have received small amounts of cash to help with planning for the impact of a no deal scenario, but this in no way compensates for the amount of time this planning is taking.


  • Give districts certainty on funding

    03 September 2019

    As the spending round looms, Kathy O’ Leary says districts now need the Government to deliver financial reassurance.


  • Districts are still waiting for those funding assurances

    20 August 2019

    The opening of the Treasury's purse since the new Prime Minister came into office may augur well for district councils and the rest of local government, says Ian Miller.


  • How can the financial settlement meet its deadline?

    09 July 2019

    The clock is ticking on the countdown to publication of the financial settlement for 2020/21, says Michael Burton - but the timetable is 'spectacularly complex'.


  • It's time for a radical rethink on exit payments

    03 July 2019

    The Treasury's proposals for a cap on exit payments need a radical rethink - and ministers must also rapidly address a shopping list of more important issues for districts, says Ian Miller..


  • Government accused of trying to 'dictate' recycling rules

    11 June 2019

    Local government figures are resisting proposals to standardise recycling across the country.


  • Recognition for council pair in Queen's Birthday Honours

    10 June 2019

    The leader and former chief executive of a district council have both received awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.


  • Rebalancing the planning relationship

    05 June 2019

    John Fuller is looking forward to seeing if housing minister Kit Malthouse's hints translate into solutions contained in the expected accelerated planning Green Paper.


  • Porter in top up cash call

    04 June 2019

    Councils will need a cash top up if the political turmoil forces the new Prime Minister to delay plans for a three-year Spending Review, Local Government Association (LGA) chairman Lord Porter has warned.


  • Impartiality has never been more important

    28 May 2019

    Louise Round says that for many in districts over the coming years, the lines - red or otherwise - may not be drawn on a party-political basis.