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Structures should be 'rationalised,' Hoare tells DCN

14/03/2024

Council funding should have been reformed by now and structures need to be ‘rationalised’ the local government minister told the DCN conference.

Local government launches cultural services alliance

01/03/2024

Organisations representing local government have joined forces to form a new National Alliance for Cultural Services.

Concern over waste reform costs

22/01/2024

Fears have been raised that more financial pressures could be heaped on councils as a result of waste reforms.

Sector unites in plea to chancellor

22/11/2023

The local government sector in England has put out a call to Jeremy Hunt to ‘address the significant financial challenges faced by councils’.

DCN writes to Hunt over temporary accommodation pressures

01/11/2023

Following a summit attended by 158 councils, the District Councils’ Network (DCN) has warned chancellor Jeremy Hunt about ‘unprecedented’ numbers of people turning to councils in the face of homelessness.

Emergency summit held amid temporary accommodation warnings

31/10/2023

More than 150 councils this week attended an emergency summit as the cost of temporary accommodation to local authorities increases rapidly.

Temporary accommodation costs mount to £1.74bn

27/10/2023

English councils spent £1.74bn on temporary accommodation last year, research has found as more than 100 local authorities signed up to an ‘emergency’ housing summit.

Councils ‘held back’ on net zero

24/10/2023

The organisations that represent English councils have collaborated in a call for the Government to change its approach on delivering net zero.

'Devolution hopes rest on combined authorities'

24/10/2023

Combined authorities represent the greatest hope for devolution in England, according to a new report based on interviews with 95 former ministers and Whitehall mandarins.

DCN in cuts warning

24/10/2023

Cultural services, community support and parks and green spaces are all at risk of cuts without a boost to the local government finance settlement, respondents to a District Councils’ Network (DCN) survey have warned.

Councils welcome waste reform flexibility but await details on costs

23/10/2023

Councils were relieved not to lose all local discretion in the Government’s waste collection reforms but have said questions remain, including over funding.

Lords block plans to scrap nutrient neutrality rules

14/09/2023

The Government’s attempt to scrap nutrient neutrality rules has been defeated in the House of Lords.

'Clarity' promised on waste reforms

12/09/2023

More certainty on the Government’s waste reform programme has been promised after mandarins were taken to task over delays.

Gove to ease nutrient neutrality requirements

29/08/2023

Ministers have announced they will ease divisive development rules on water pollution blamed for low housebuilding rates in rural areas.

DCN hits back against call for planning to shift to upper-tier

09/08/2023

The District Councils’ Network (DCN) has rejected a call by former local government secretary Greg Clark for planning to shift to upper-tier authorities.

Districts need to be 'active partners' within ICS, says report

03/07/2023

District councils need to be ‘active partners’ within Integrated Care Systems (ICS), a report by The King’s Fund charity said today.

Councils call for more radical thinking on short-term lets

20/06/2023

Whitehall proposals to regulate short-term holiday lets fail to deliver what is needed to tackle housing shortages and ministers should think ‘more radically,’ councils have said.

Top five recycling councils all districts

27/03/2023

District councils are leading the way in recycling waste, new Government figures suggest.

District councils ‘starved of cash’, local leaders warn

22/03/2023

District councils say they are being starved of cash while county authorities are being allowed to raise their bills, causing a ‘devastating’ impact.

District chiefs welcome proposed planning fee boost

01/03/2023

District council leaders have welcomed a proposal that could see an increase in planning fees to help over-stretched local planning departments.

Poll reveals ‘endorsement’ of scale of district councils

23/02/2023

District councils have a marginally higher approval rating than county councils, a new survey suggests.

Districts' legal threat over devolution deal

17/01/2023

Four Norfolk districts have threatened to take legal action over the county’s handling of a devolution deal struck with Government.

District concern in wake of finance settlement

20/12/2022

Concern over funding for districts has been voiced following the announcement of the provisional local government finance settlement for 2023-24.

Districts push for council tax flexibility

12/12/2022

Districts are pushing the Government to allow them to increase council tax by more than 3% or £5 without a referendum.

District warning over temporary accommodation shortage

02/11/2022

Four-fifths of district councils have warned of shortages of temporary accommodation to meet a rising tide of homelessness fuelled by the cost of living crisis, new research has found.

Councils face £900m shortfall due to inflation

29/09/2022

District council leaders have warned that services that are essential for supporting residents through the cost-of-living crisis are threatened by inflation.

Districts to lobby over inflation pressures

02/08/2022

A survey has been carried out by the District Councils’ Network (DCN) on the impact of inflation.

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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