Cllr Neil Clarke

  • Alternative views on reorganisation

    04 November 2016

    In response to the County Councils Network commissioned studies on local government reorganisation, Cllr Neil Clarke makes the case for a different approach to transformation rooted in the economies and geographies of district and county areas

  • We need more flexibility on planning

    16 August 2016

    It is important that the performance of councils in approving planning permissions is considered within the wider context of local authorities seeking greater flexibilities, writes District Councils' Network chair Cllr Neil Clarke.

  • A question of balance

    15 June 2016

    Cllr Neil Clarke responds to the CLG Committee report into full business rates retention and calls for a dynamic balancing of needs, resources and stability that would best sustain local government finances.

  • Districts get mainstream

    19 November 2015

    A new study by The King’s Fund suggests how districts could boost local health outcomes and cut health costs by advancing the prevention agenda. Cllr Neil Clarke breaks it down

  • A new dawn

    26 May 2015

    District Council’s Network chairman Cllr Neil Clarke outlines how districts will take up the challenge for collaboration, devolution and financial independence over the course of the next parliament

  • District councils are ready to deliver

    05 March 2014

    Cllr Neil Clarke outlines what district councils could offer in return for financial freedoms