County Councils Network

  • Adult social care reform costings need probing further

    04 May 2022

    The level of underfunding currently being modelled for the reform of adult social care has the potential to push many authorities into crises and do the same to care providers, with major implications for vulnerable people, says Chris Tambini.


  • Will the cap fit this time?

    12 April 2022

    There are at least three reasons why more delays to the Government’s social care plans would not help secure a better system and could even make things worse. Richard Humphries explains.


  • It is imperative to get the SEND reforms right

    12 April 2022

    Proposals to address the future demand pressures in education, health and care plans through a set of national standards are welcome, but can the Green Paper adequately address the substantial deficits of many CCN members, asks Simon Edwards.


  • The art of the possible

    22 March 2022

    A major new report from the ACCE, the CCN and Newton on the future of children's social care shows the art of the possible if councils are enabled to lead the charge in implementing the ‘optimised delivery model’, says Nicola Beach.


  • Care homes could face 'widespread closures' under reforms, counties warn

    18 March 2022

    Care homes are at risk of closure as the Government has ‘seriously underestimated’ the cost of its social care reforms, county councils have warned today.


  • Family matters

    15 March 2022

    With the findings of the independent review of children’s social care expected soon, Ann McGauran looks at what sector experts want to emerge from this once in a generation chance for transformation.


  • Tens of thousands fewer children could avoid going into council care

    09 March 2022

    Tens of thousands of young people could avoid going into council care if services are reshaped under a new ‘optimised delivery model’ based on a family-focused way of delivering support, says a report.


  • A fresh vision

    08 March 2022

    A new report from Newton and the County Councils Network presents a vision for what the future of children’s social care could be and defines an optimised model for delivering it, say Luke Tregidgo and James Maker.


  • Rewriting the devolution rulebook

    15 February 2022

    After being left on the sidelines for years, county councils are now firmly at the heart of the Government’s levelling up ambitions, writes Simon Edwards.


  • Government sign-off required to 'unlock' UKSPF

    08 February 2022

    Councils will have to draw up investment plans to access the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF), the Government has revealed.


  • Councils rule out mayoral model

    04 February 2022

    Two areas have already ruled out adopting mayors despite being selected by the Government to be in the first wave of county devolution deals.


  • Difficult decisions lie ahead for counties

    26 January 2022

    County Councils Network analysis projects that even with the extra funding secured by the sector, its 36 members will collectively have a gap of £700m in 2022-23, says Nicola Beach.


  • Counties' concern at care funding

    17 December 2021

    County councils have expressed concern at the level of central funding to rebalance care markets.


  • Embedding a new approach to devolution is critical to county deals success

    09 December 2021

    A report concludes the White Paper on levelling up must include a devolution framework to build on and embed the Government’s county deals ‘principles,’ says James Maker.


  • Powers warning ahead of new deals

    07 December 2021

    A new report today warns areas reluctant to accept directly-elected leaders in the next wave of devolution deals may be offered ‘fewer powers and flexibilities’.


  • Focusing on the future for counties and unitaries

    01 December 2021

    Chairman of the County Councils' Network Cllr Tim Oliver says he 'could not fail to be quietly impressed about the energy and determination of our member councils to tackle the incoming challenges head-on' at his organisation's annual conference.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Districts in county deals warning

    30 November 2021

    District council leaders have warned county deals will fail unless local government secretary Michael Gove gives them an equal role in devolution.


  • CCN conference: Councils face the blame for care cost rises, says Reed

    23 November 2021

    As tax goes up and social care services remain underfunded, councils will be blamed, shadow communities’ secretary Steve Reed has claimed.


  • CCN conference: Senior officer in financial collapse warning

    23 November 2021

    The countdown is on before some councils face financial collapse due to a change to children’s services accounting rules, a senior finance expert has claimed.


  • CCN conference: LEPs look set to be scrapped

    22 November 2021

    Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) look set to be scrapped after levelling up secretary Michael Gove indicated his preference for a more accountable system to the County Councils’ Network conference today.