District Councils Network
Spending Review must reward the importance of districts
In a post-Brexit world it will be vital to refocus on the importance of district councils in supporting residents and local economies, says John Fuller
CIPFA caves in to pressure on traffic light index
Controversial plans to rate councils’ financial sustainability using traffic lights have been watered down by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
Let's have fiscal levers for local areas
The Government should take steps to enable local areas to fund services through various fiscal levers and such flexibilities would not cost it a penny in extra grant, says Ian Miller.
Districts' crucial role in the prevention agenda
Sandra Dineen believes the district council’s contribution is key to the success of the prevention agenda - 'particularly in ensuring our residents have the right homes, suited to their needs and have access to our services at the earliest possible stage'.
Ending the cycle of homelessness
Chief executive of Craven DC, Paul Shevlin, says councils need more funding and affordable housing to end the cycle of homelessness.
Homelessness advice requests rocket under new law
More than half of district councils have reported an increase in requests for homelessness advice in the first six months since new legislation, a survey has found.
Budget brought welcome support to district economies
The Budget brought welcome support to district economies, but we will need to look closely at the final Letwin review to ensure council's negotiating power on delivering homes is not bogged down in the need for primary legislation, says John Fuller
Getting best value from right to buy cash
District councils welcome the proposal to extend the time limit for spending existing Right to Buy receipts, but for councils to ensure they achieve best value this should be extended to include the use of future receipts, says Sharon Taylor
Districts urge chancellor to reverse disproportionate cuts burden
The forthcoming budget must recognise that district councils have borne a disproportionate share of local government funding cuts since 2015, leaders have warned.
Adult social care is 'single largest problem facing local government' - DCN
The adult social care crisis is the ‘single largest problem facing local government services and their financial sustainability’, according to the District Councils’ Network (DCN).
'LEP review must not erode democratic accountability'
The Government’s review of LEPs is currently being rushed through, with a number of consequences for local authorities across the country.
LGA in New Homes Bonus warning
Government plans to raise the 0.4% threshold for the New Homes Bonus (NHB) in 2019/20 risks ‘putting the brakes on housebuilding schemes and growth-boosting projects,’ Smith Square has warned.
Ups and downs for districts
Ian Miller gives an overview of the latest decisions and indecisions to affect district councils.
DCN to hike fees
The District Councils’ Network (DCN) plans to hike its fees by up to four times for some local authorities as it runs out of legacy funding.
We need to be using the 'C' word - conversation
We need to be talking with, not to, our communities about what would work in their places, writes Louise Round.
Ministers to 'super charge' LEP performance
Ministers have published plans to ‘super charge’ the performance and accountability of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) following a review.
Districts' ability to invest in infrastructure is curtailed by borrowing caps
Cllr John Fuller argues for a new funding approach in the forthcoming spending review that retains current incentives as well as including a prevention precept.
Ministers to 'review local government taxation'
Senior ministers have told the sector they are in favour of looking at local government taxation, The MJ understands.
Sunak: Fair funding is my number one task
Local government minister Rishi Sunak has said fair funding is his ‘number one task’.
Brokenshire's 10 minutes of fame
Newish communities secretary James Brokenshire was treated a bit like a celebrity at his first Local Government Association (LGA) conference.