District Councils Network

  • We're not the 'parents'

    07 July 2020

    District and shire county councils would all face abolition if the Government’s formula for the devolution White Paper is implemented, says Ian Miller. And let’s hope Whitehall doesn’t think town and parish councils will need 'parenting', he adds.

  • District warning after £63m handed to counties

    06 July 2020

    Help for families struggling to put food on the table will be delayed due to ‘needless extra red tape in distributing funding,’ district councils have warned after ministers handed counties control of a £63m fund to support the most vulnerable families.

  • LGA shies away from reorganisation 'fight back'

    30 June 2020

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has shied away from calls for it to launch a ‘fight back’ against reorganisation though senior members criticised any top-down approach.

  • Woolas backs rough sleeping fund

    23 June 2020

    Former local government minister Phil Woolas has backed a social impact fund that promises to house 2,000 rough sleepers by the end of 2020.

  • Fresh reorganisation offensive leaves districts quaking

    23 June 2020

    The County Councils’ Network (CCN) has launched a fresh offensive to rip up the local government map as the country emerges from the shadow of coronavirus.

  • Councils call for leisure bail out

    09 June 2020

    District councils have called on the Government to bail out cash-strapped leisure centres as they face permanent closure because of lack of income due to the coronavirus shutdown.

  • Councils 'will be ready' to welcome back shoppers

    29 May 2020

    Local authorities will be ready to welcome shoppers back to the high street if retail is allowed to reopen the week after next, the chairman of the District Councils’ Network has said. 

  • LGA: Councils need £6bn more

    29 May 2020

    Councils need as much as £6bn more to cover the additional costs and losses incurred as a direct result of COVID-19, analysis of the latest financial returns by the Local Government Association (LGA) has found.

  • Call to 'shore up' worst-hit local economies

    22 May 2020

    The Government should ‘shore up’ the local economies worst affected by coronavirus before levelling up, the Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP) think-tank has said.

  • Questions raised over rates retention

    19 May 2020

    Senior Local Government Association (LGA) figures have called for the sector to reappraise its support for increased business rates retention in light of coronavirus.

  • Facing down an uncertain future

    12 May 2020

    Already cash-strapped following a decade of austerity, councils now face fighting a national crisis on a basic budget with their financial futures left in the balance. Heather Jameson reports.

  • DCN: 500,000 at risk of homelessness

    06 May 2020

    Almost 500,000 households are at high risk of becoming homeless as a result of the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, new analysis for the District Councils’ Network (DCN) has revealed.

  • Targeted funding and innovative thinking are crucial for recovery

    06 May 2020

    Coastal resorts are particularly vulnerable during the pandemic, says Sheila Oxtoby - and the Government’s national plans, including timescales, for easing social distancing restrictions will be critical in localised planning.

  • Districts win in latest allocations

    28 April 2020

    Districts have won a significantly higher share of funding in the latest allocations of government cash to help councils cope with coronavirus.

  • Districts deliver the lion's share of council services

    27 April 2020

    The District Councils’ Network (DCN) famously boasts about their members delivering 86 out of 137 essential local government services to more 22 million people.

  • Councils need another £12.8bn to cope with coronavirus - LGA

    27 April 2020

    Councils may need up to another £12.8bn from the Government to get through the coronavirus crisis, the chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) has suggested.

  • Let’s get realistic about getting back to  ‘a new normal’

    24 April 2020

    Simone Hines hopes that once the details are out of the latest round of COVID-19 emergency funding ‘the draft S114 notice can stay in the drawer for a bit longer’. She doesn’t want to think about the alternative for districts.

  • More than 5,000 rough sleepers taken off the streets

    24 April 2020

    More than 5,400 rough sleepers have been offered safe accommodation in just under a month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s adviser, Dame Louise Casey, has revealed.

  • Districts’ warning on coronavirus funds

    22 April 2020

    District councils need a ‘fair share’ of the government’s latest round of funding, or they face having to cut vital services, the District Councils’ Network (DCN) has warned.

  • Lloyd hails rough sleeping drive

    01 April 2020

    Local Government Association (LGA) chief executive, Mark Lloyd, has hailed councils’ efforts to get all rough sleepers off the streets amid the coronavirus pandemic.