District Councils Network

EXCLUSIVE: Government 'risks battle' on moving districts' functions without consent

17/05/2022

Districts will push to change the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill to ensure their functions cannot move to new combined county authorities (CCAs) without their consent, The MJ understands.

Districts warn of rise in housing waiting lists as landlords sell properties

10/12/2021

More than three-quarters of district councils have reported an increase in landlords selling up properties or converting their properties into Airbnb’s.

Districts call for government intervention over supported housing

03/09/2021

Three out of five district councils fear they do not have enough good quality supported housing for the next five years, a new survey has found.

County areas chase devo dream

17/08/2021

County areas are lining up to strike one of the first tranche of devolution deals.

Waste collection plans to cost £680m a year, councils warn

11/06/2021

Government plans to standardise kerbside waste collections will cost £680m a year, district councils have warned today.

More than 100 leisure centres could go bust, DCN warns

13/05/2021

More than 100 leisure centres in England could go bust due to the coronavirus crisis, district councils have warned.

Leisure centre collapse warning

20/11/2020

Under-pressure leisure centres will go under without further rescue funding on top of the £100m already pledged by the Government, district councils have warned.

Reorganisation battle lines drawn over think-tank report

20/10/2020

The bitter war of words between counties and districts over reorganisation stepped up this week as battle lines were drawn around a new think-tank report.

Fragmented council funding risks to value for money, report warns

05/10/2020

The increasing fragmentation in council funding ‘undermines central government’s understanding of service delivery’ and ‘risks impeding value for money,’ a report has warned.

Councils warn about rise in PPE litter

28/09/2020

Nearly half of district councils have warned the littering of face masks and plastic gloves is becoming a growing problem in their area.

Councils warn of 'housebuilding fiasco'

15/09/2020

New government housing targets will lead to a north-south divide in England, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

DCN: Bigger local government is ‘not better or cheaper’

01/09/2020

Proposals for county unitary councils would be 122 times larger than the average council in Germany, a new report by the District Councils’ Network (DCN) warns today.

Evictions ban extended

21/08/2020

The Government has extended the ban on evictions of renters for a further month following lobbying by councils.

Councils warn of ‘avalanche of evictions’

21/08/2020

The local government sector is braced for a deluge of homelessness following the end of the evictions ban.

Reforms to fast-track local plans

06/08/2020

Councils will face sanctions unless they draw-up local plans within 30 months under government proposals to overhaul the planning system.

Reorganisation will deter potential councillors, report warns

24/07/2020

Local government unitary reorganisation will slash the number of councillors and deter many from standing for election, a report for the District Councils’ Network (DCN) has warned.

Councils call for clarity on income guarantee

17/07/2020

Council leaders have urged the Government to provide further details on the promised compensation for loss of income due to the pandemic.

Councils call for leisure bail out

09/06/2020

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.

District councils warn 500,000 at risk of homelessness

06/05/2020

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.

Districts win in latest allocations

28/04/2020

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

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

27/04/2020

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.

Districts’ warning on coronavirus funds

22/04/2020

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.

District councils warn of ‘fly-tipping farm-aggedon'

13/01/2020

Councils have warned that fly-tippers are increasingly targeting rural areas after new figures show a surge in incidents where rubbish is being dumped on farm land.

Recognition for council pair in Queen's Birthday Honours

10/06/2019

The leader and former chief executive of a district council have both received awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

New homelessness duties impacting half of district councils

02/11/2018

More than half of district councils have seen an increase in the number of people asking for help since the introduction of new homelessness legislation.

Councils call for extension on time limit for all Right to Buy receipts

09/10/2018

District councils have urged the Government to extend the time limit for spending Right to Buy receipts for both existing and future receipts.

Districts call for new homes bonus threshold to be scrapped

18/09/2018

The New Homes Bonus (NHB) baseline is punishing district councils for delivering more homes and should be scrapped, according to calls today.

Ministers to 'super charge' LEP performance

24/07/2018

Ministers have published plans to ‘super charge’ the performance and accountability of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) following a review.

Javid backs single unitary council in Buckinghamshire

12/03/2018

Local government secretary Sajid Javid has backed a single unitary council for Buckinghamshire.

Districts call for council tax limit increase

16/01/2018

Districts have called for the council tax cap to be increased so they can raise an extra £9m.

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