Simon Edwards

  • We will see the very best of local councils

    23 March 2020

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, counties are ‘doing what they have done in an understated way for so long – keeping the show running for their communities’, says Simon Edwards.

  • The sector cannot simply make blank cheque arguments

    09 January 2020

    It will be crucial to show the new Government that investing in local government will provide a return for ministers, says Simon Edwards.

  • ‘Unleash the potential of counties’

    13 November 2019

    The County Councils’ Network conference begins this weekend against the backdrop of the General Election campaign. Simon Edwards says a major focus will be on ensuring counties and local government get a fair share in any future spending pledges.

  • Reviews are a chance for us to come together

    22 May 2019

    The County Councils’ Network (CCN) has released a new report on councils’ finances. Simon Edwards says it shows all councils need a significant injection of resources, and that its members face ‘a particularly severe set of circumstances’.

  • Change will be necessary to fix a broken funding system

    06 March 2019

    Compromises along the way will be needed if the sector is to secure the implementation of the fair funding review, says Simon Edwards.

  • Let's build on the positives of 2018

    08 January 2019

    Director of the CCN Simon Edwards says that while the latest fair funding consultation is on a positive trajectory there is still a way to go to reset an opaque and unfair system.

  • The quest for a fairer future

    13 November 2018

    In the run-up to this year’s County Councils’ Network annual conference Simon Edwards looks at the immense challenges facing counties and the campaign for fair funding.

  • The money messages may be getting back to the centre

    24 October 2018

    The accusation from local government that it is seldom listened to by central government has some merit, says Simon Edwards - but he believes key recent announcements do suggest that perhaps some of the messages from councils are cutting through.

  • Where next for Northants?

    12 February 2018

    Simon Edwards looks at where next for Northamptonshire CC after it became the first authority in two decades to issue a S114 notice.

  • We want an extension of the transitional grants

    16 January 2018

    Counties' core grants are set to drop double the rate of other council types, says Simon Edwards as he urges ministers to extend the transitional grants for another two years.

  • Getting the geography right

    01 November 2016

    Simon Edwards explains what new research commissioned by the County Councils Network into local government reorganisation means for the future of councils

  • Rates research has some surprises

    26 August 2016

    CCN director Simon Edwards on what can be learnt from research ahead of the single biggest local government shake-up in modern times.