District Councils Network
Business rates relief control call
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
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
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
‘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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Chief secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, has given her backing to further fiscal devolution.
Porter: Grenfell is sector's biggest shame
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
Local government secretary James Brokenshire has warned that trade-offs will be necessary in the fair funding review.
Gwynne could reverse Northamptonshire reorganisation
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
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
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
A minister has refused to guarantee that £500m of New Homes Bonus payments due to councils will be honoured.