District Councils Network

  • Business rates relief control call

    20 May 2019

    District councils have called for full control over the business rates relief that is awarded in their area amid claims that it is ‘unnecessarily generous’.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Sunak to rule on default tier split

    08 May 2019

    Ministers been asked to set out a ‘national default position’ on the distribution of business rates between county and district councils after 75% retention, The MJ has learnt.


  • Waste strategy could lead to bins boom - DCN

    07 May 2019

    Millions of already produced hard-to-recycle plastic receptacles may be made redundant by the Government’s new waste strategy, the District Councils’ Network (DCN) has warned.


  • 'Endangered' district councils in uncertainty warning

    01 May 2019

    ‘Considerable uncertainty’ around funding from 2020/21 is having a ‘direct negative impact’ on ‘endangered’ district councils.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Ministers to step in after tier split talks collapse

    30 April 2019

    Ministers are expected to be called on to intervene in the thorny issue of business rates tier splits after talks ended with no agreement, The MJ understands.


  • Tackle the producers of plastics first

    24 April 2019

    The Government is consulting on consistency in household and business waste recycling collections. But Paul Shevlin asks if the numbers stack up, in resource and environmental terms.


  • Government to push ahead with 75% rates retention in 2020/21

    23 April 2019

    Whitehall will push ahead with plans to implement 75% business rates retention in 2020/21 despite calls for a one-year delay, The MJ understands.


  • Districts are definitely ready for challenges

    09 April 2019

    The last two sessions of this year’s District Councils’ Network staff development programme featured teams facing challanges in a calm, collected and very creative way, says Louise Round.


  • Hamilton to leave DCN for improvement role

    07 March 2019

    Director of the District Councils’ Network (DCN), Matthew Hamilton, has been appointed as the new improvement manager at the Local Government Association (LGA).


  • A ceremony to celebrate and connect

    06 March 2019

    Craven DC's Community Champions awards ceremony not only celebrates the work of individual volunteers but it brings people together to uncover more support, says Paul Shevlin.


  • Districts are ideally placed to shape the towns of tomorrow

    27 February 2019

    As well as re-purposing town centres to create place-based experiences, district councils must also look to the future and the key role of innovation and technology, says Cllr John Fuller.


  • District councils are a force to be reckoned with

    19 February 2019

    The DCN's annual conference recently had more than its fair share of cabinet ministers, says Louise Round - and this is proof districts are punching above their weight on housing and growth.


  • DCN calls for rates retention delay

    19 February 2019

    The District Councils’ Network (DCN) has called for a one-year delay in the implementation of 75% business rates retention until 2021/22.


  • Truss backs fiscal devolution

    08 February 2019

    Chief secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, has given her backing to further fiscal devolution.


  • Porter: Grenfell is sector's biggest shame

    08 February 2019

    The chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) has expressed his regret at being unable to make enough of a difference after the Grenfell Tower fire.


  • Brokenshire in trade-offs warning

    08 February 2019

    Local government secretary James Brokenshire has warned that trade-offs will be necessary in the fair funding review.


  • Gwynne could reverse Northamptonshire reorganisation

    08 February 2019

    Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has suggested a Labour Government could reverse reorganisation in Northamptonshire if his party won a snap General Election.


  • Give councils without a HRA the chance to build new homes

    06 February 2019

    As the District Councils' Network gets ready for its annual conference, its Stronger Economies spokesman Cllr Mark Crane calls on Government to give councils without a HRA the flexibility to begin a housebuilding programme


  • Bringing politics into the 21st century

    06 February 2019

    In a round table hosted by Gatenby Sanderson, district council leaders considered the question: ‘The 21st century councillor – what skills do modern members need to equip them for the challenges ahead?’


  • Doubt over New Homes Bonus payments

    29 January 2019

    A minister has refused to guarantee that £500m of New Homes Bonus payments due to councils will be honoured.