District Councils Network

  • Questions over councils' regeneration role

    12 January 2021

    A lack of funds and expertise prevents local authorities from reversing the decline of many town centres, MPs have heard.

  • The NHS must harness the strengths of districts

    12 January 2021

    Cllr John Fuller says that while the NHS delivers the vaccinations, districts can 'help shape the ecosystem, build trust through familiar settings, bring in hard to reach communities', and more - 'a partnership in place'.

  • Leisure services: exist or thrive?

    08 December 2020

    The pandemic has placed leisure services under immense stress, writes Ian Fytche. Short-term financial support is fundamental to survival, but investment in the long-term is also essential, he adds.

  • Councils allowed to delay precept rise

    30 November 2020

    Local authorities will be allowed to delay big council tax increases next year ahead of elections, it has emerged.

  • Spending review: The road ahead is still paved with uncertainty

    27 November 2020

    The efforts of local government during the pandemic have been astounding, which makes the public sector pay freeze much harder to swallow, says Cllr Sharon Taylor.

  • Councils key to tackling 'anti-vax mob'

    24 November 2020

    Councils must act quickly to knock down the ‘anti-vax mob’ as the Government puts the sector at the heart of its strategy to tackle coronavirus, a senior public health chief has urged.

  • Government adviser urges councils to prepare for post-lockdown

    24 November 2020

    Councils should be preparing residents now for emerging safely from lockdown, a member of the Government’s scientific advisory group, SAGE, has told a District Councils' Network meeting.

  • The value of districts working at the local level

    23 November 2020

    Chief executive at Rossendale BC Neil Shaw outlines how the council has addressed the need to support local businesses and communities during the pandemic and has shown that ‘a really local approach works’.

  • Leisure centre collapse warning

    20 November 2020

    Under-pressure leisure centres will go under without further rescue funding on top of the £100m already pledged by the Government, district councils have warned.

  • A crucial role for districts

    17 November 2020

    Martin Ellender says districts, with their local and national partners, must consider 'what has worked well during this incredibly challenging period and protect the strengths in the system highlighted in 2020'.

  • More Section 114 notices predicted next year

    13 November 2020

    Local authorities are facing deep cuts to frontline services and Section 114 notices next year, the sector has warned.

  • Keeping it local

    10 November 2020

    It’s local councils who are gearing up to support businesses and residents through lockdown, with the help of funding from government, according to Paul Shevlin. So is public trust in central Government waning?

  • In choppy waters, back districts to deliver

    03 November 2020

    The debate on local government reform must end now, ‘so that all areas can focus on the crisis in their communities’, argues chair of the District Councils Network Cllr John Fuller.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Shevlin suggests reorganisation alternative as rival bids threaten his council's future

    03 November 2020

    A former chair of the District Councils’ Network chief executives’ group has suggested a radical alternative to reorganisation as battle lines are drawn around him.

  • Exclusive: Districts face financial 'cliff edge'

    29 October 2020

    Districts face a ‘fiscal cliff edge of up to £524.1m after 2020/21 from lost business rates revenue gains and the end of New Homes Bonus, council treasurers have been warned.

  • Reorganisation battle lines drawn over think-tank report

    20 October 2020

    The bitter war of words between counties and districts over reorganisation stepped up this week as battle lines were drawn around a new think-tank report.

  • Jenrick dashes county reorganisation hopes

    13 October 2020

    Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has torpedoed plans for widespread reorganisation beyond the three areas he has invited to submit unitary proposals.

  • The Government cannot keep kicking the can down the road

    12 October 2020

    Despite manifesto commitments, there will have to be tax rises to repay that massive debt, writes Ian Miller - and support for well-funded public services has found a new voice during the pandemic, he adds.

  • Fragmented funding risk to value for money, report warns

    05 October 2020

    The increasing fragmentation in council funding ‘undermines central government’s understanding of service delivery’ and ‘risks impeding value for money,’ a report has warned.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Nine regional chiefs deliver Whitehall ultimatum

    29 September 2020

    An ultimatum has been delivered by the nine regional chief executives working closely with the Government on the sector’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, The MJ has learnt.