District Councils Network
'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.
Our economies are constrained by centuries old boundaries
Ian Miller calls for a bottom up approach to LEP boundaries in the future.
Werran named as Localis boss
Think-tank Localis has named Jonathan Werran as its new chief executive, replacing Liam Booth-Smith who left for a post as special adviser to local government secretary James Brokenshire.
The truth about accountability, transparency and f iscal health
Heather Jameson says that just because there is local democracy, it doesn’t mean councils don’t have to be transparent and accountable.
London to get half of £1bn extra housing borrowing
Councils in London will benefit from half of the additional housing borrowing flexibilities despite dominating the list of local authorities with spare headroom, analysis by The MJ has found.
Needs review to decide council tax support
Funding for local council tax support schemes will be considered as part of the review of needs and resources, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has said.
Traffic light ratings 'could destabilise' councils
Districts have warned that ‘naming and shaming’ councils in a vulnerable financial situation using a traffic light rating system would be a ‘blunt instrument’.
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.