County Councils Network

  • Reorganisation battle lines drawn over think-tank report

    20 October 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.


  • Counties warn of test and trace ‘missed opportunity’

    16 October 2020

    Calls for more support for local contact tracing have been redoubled after the national system’s success rate plummeted.


  • Jenrick dashes county reorganisation hopes

    13 October 2020

    Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has torpedoed plans for widespread reorganisation beyond the three areas he has invited to submit unitary proposals.


  • Size isn't everything

    13 October 2020

    If the advocates for 'big unitary' paused for a moment they may want to address the democratic challenge of creating too few councils with too many councillors, argues Paul Wheeler.


  • Seeing social care through a different lens

    12 October 2020

    Social care is much more than elderly people and hospital discharges, says Cllr David Fothergill. Many people are working-age adults with severe learning disabilities, and the Government needs to widen its scope of what care encompasses.


  • Williams in reorganisation rescue bid to Boris

    28 September 2020

    The County Councils’ Network’s (CCN) Conservative leader has made a brazen direct appeal to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he seeks to salvage the reorganisation agenda.


  • Five ways to be ahead of the curve

    23 September 2020

    Ruth Morgan and Sean Anstee put forward five recommendations to consider when putting together proposals for local government reform. ‘Let’s grab the opportunity to secure lasting change for our communities’, they add.


  • County unitaries join growing network

    22 September 2020

    Two county unitaries are among five local authorities that have joined the growing Unitary Councils’ Network (UCN) as tensions bubble around reorganisation.


  • Countywide unitaries ‘could save £3bn’

    27 August 2020

    Replacing two-tier counties with one unitary authority could deliver almost £3bn savings over five years, according to research published by the County Councils Network (CCN) today.


  • Green recovery and growth should be the golden thread for counties

    18 August 2020

    Peter French says the devolution White Paper provides 'an opportune moment for the Government to empower places and give counties the powers and funding they need to level-up and ensure everyone everywhere has a bright future'.


  • Fears for small unitaries over Clarke's reorganisation shake-up

    18 August 2020

    Existing small unitaries could be at risk in the looming reorganisation shake-up after the Government failed to offer assurances about their future.


  • CCN steps back from backing 'radical' shake-up

    04 August 2020

    The County Councils’ Network (CCN) will hold back from calling for historic boundaries to determine the entire local government map in the coming reorganisation shake-up, The MJ understands.


  • Call to scrap two-tier local government system in rural areas

    04 August 2020

    The ‘confusing' two-tier model of local government should be abolished and replaced with single unitary councils, a report has argued today.


  • A place-based approach to economic recovery

    04 August 2020

    According to the latest analysis commissioned on behalf of the County Councils Network, counties are the most vulnerable councils to the economic impact of COVID-19. Paul Dossett argues they should be at the forefront of government plans to level up


  • We need an entirely new approach on care

    28 July 2020

    increased technological advances mean that in the future care is far more likely to be provided in people’s homes, says Jonathan Rallings. He argues that we need to create a system which can evolve to meet these more sophisticated needs.


  • Williams: I'll accept whatever it takes to get a county unitary

    28 July 2020

    The leader of Hertfordshire CC has conceded he would accept a directly-elected mayor as the figurehead for a county unitary in order to secure reorganisation.


  • Sector faces 'battle royal' over reorganisation

    14 July 2020

    Local government has been warned it faces a ‘battle royal’ with ministers appearing determined to force through reorganisation.


  • District warning after £63m handed to counties

    06 July 2020

    Help for families struggling to put food on the table will be delayed due to ‘needless extra red tape in distributing funding,’ district councils have warned after ministers handed counties control of a £63m fund to support the most vulnerable families.


  • LGA shies away from reorganisation 'fight back'

    30 June 2020

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has shied away from calls for it to launch a ‘fight back’ against reorganisation though senior members criticised any top-down approach.


  • Fresh reorganisation offensive leaves districts quaking

    23 June 2020

    The County Councils’ Network (CCN) has launched a fresh offensive to rip up the local government map as the country emerges from the shadow of coronavirus.