Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen

  • Government's waste reform timetable is rubbish

    21 May 2024

    The Government's proposed timetable for waste reform is every bit as rubbish as I had feared, writes chairman of the District Councils’ Network, Sam Chapman-Allen.


  • Looking forward to the next 50 years of districts

    08 April 2024

    As his council, Breckland, celebrates it's 50th anniversary, Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen looks to what the future may bring for district councils.


  • The threat from bank and building society closures

    27 February 2024

    More than half of all bank and building society branches have closed since 2015 – nearly 6,000 in total. This has significant implications both for financial inclusion and our high streets.


  • We need to devise a plan to solve our communities’ housing crisis

    15 January 2024

    District councils need the Government to increase the housing benefit subsidy. Without this, local authorities increasingly cannot afford appropriate housing, says Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen.


  • Getting Britain building homes

    15 November 2023

    We need to devise a system which ensures housing is built and we can provide the right mix of homes to meet the unique needs of local communities, says Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen.


  • Party conferences are a golden opportunity for districts

    03 October 2023

    In party conference season the hope is that collectively councillors can influence their party’s leadership, relevant think-tanks, MPs and prospective MPs, says chairman of the District Councils' Network Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen.


  • Collaboration is key to harnessing growth

    14 August 2023

    The very function of local government is to be close to the people and communities it serves, says Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen. 'Now is the time for Government to be building upon this instead of building new silos and rekindling the damaging tier debate.'


  • Eco rules are stifling development

    04 July 2023

    Nutrient neutrality rules are stifling, and in many parts of the country the risk is that developers will be deterred by the cost of offsetting measures, considering housebuilding schemes unviable, writes Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen.


  • Trust us to deliver on waste

    23 May 2023

    Sam Chapman-Allen urges central Government to respect local government and trust local leaders to build a waste system that works for their residents.


  • Local elections should be about local issues

    12 April 2023

    This year’s polls are of unprecedented importance for the district sector, says Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen. His strong hope is that 4 May will be about local issues rather than Prime Ministerial fortunes.


  • Giant county unitaries run counter to people power

    30 March 2023

    The challenge to the new unitaries is to prove that, far from being a distant monolith, they can indeed be a force for localism, says Sam Chapman-Allen.


  • Our communities know district councils are delivering

    28 February 2023

    Independent analysis commissioned ahead of the District Councils’ Network conference is a vindication of the scale and performance of districts, says Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen.


  • The planning system needs more resources to thrive

    10 January 2023

    It isn’t so much the planning system that is broken – more the housing delivery system, says Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen. ‘And the Government appears to be coming round to our way of thinking.’


  • Government priorities will not be achieved without strong local government

    01 November 2022

    Rishi Sunak will be aware there is a hugely powerful case for councils' funding to be protected, 'not least because their expertise can make a huge positive difference in two key areas of his economic challenge', says Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen.


  • Trust should underpin all our relationships

    13 September 2022

    The arrival of Prime Minister Liz Truss and the new Cabinet offers us an opportunity to keep on pressing home the importance of local government, says Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen.


  • Inflation's impact is far-reaching

    26 July 2022

    Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen says that for district councils 'to remain prudent, painful decisions will have to be made, and it is discretionary services which are likely to be hit hardest'.


  • Districts must be enabled to bring their strengths to the devolution table

    06 June 2022

    As it stands the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill relegates districts to be non-constituent members of combined authorities, contradicting the White Paper’s recognition of the need to build institutional capital, says Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen


  • New Natural England advice is a big deal

    20 April 2022

    A letter informing councils of advice from Natural England on requirements to mitigate nutrient pollution in protected sites is a big deal, says chairman of the District Councils’ Network, Sam Chapman-Allen.


  • Supporting residents through the cost of living crisis

    02 March 2022

    In the face of a looming cost of living crisis, 'district councils in particular are putting all hands on deck to steer our communities through the storm we’re confronted with', says chairman of the District Councils' Network Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen.


  • County Deals approach falls far short of treating districts as equal partners

    07 February 2022

    We need much stronger mechanisms to promote the active involvement of district councils in the County Deals approach, says Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen.