District Councils Network

  • Working with Government can deliver real dividends

    15 February 2024

    Collaboration with Government can achieve real results for communities and councils should not be afraid of embracing productivity, says Cllr Kevin Bentley.


  • Call for Hunt to lift benefit subsidy cap

    06 February 2024

    Councils have called for the cap on housing benefit subsidy that councils receive to be unfrozen amid warnings about the ‘spiralling increase’ in temporary accommodation (TA).


  • Why flood levy’s no longer affordable

    31 January 2024

    As places reel from the impact of recent floods, Cllr Paul Redgate says the Government must deliver a fairer and sustainable funding system for Internal Drainage Boards.


  • Challenges remain following funding boost

    24 January 2024

    A £600m boost to the Local Government Finance Settlement has been welcomed, but has not resolved the sector’s funding issues, the Government has been warned.


  • Housing pressures threaten 'end of local government'

    24 January 2024

    A call has been made for Government action on temporary housing costs that threaten to swallow up district council budgets.


  • Concern over waste reform costs

    22 January 2024

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


  • We need to devise a plan to solve our communities’ housing crisis

    15 January 2024

    District councils need the Government to increase the housing benefit subsidy. Without this, local authorities increasingly cannot afford appropriate housing, says Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen.


  • Stormy waters ahead

    08 January 2024

    Mark Conrad talks to three major groups of councils about what the provisional finance settlement means for each of them, and he considers the outlook for 2025 and beyond.


  • Call for MPs' help over ‘inadequate’ settlement

    18 December 2023

    Councils are to turn to MPs to make the case to the Government following the announcement of an ‘inadequate’ £64bn finance settlement.


  • Are we heading to a funding train crash?

    04 December 2023

    The District Councils’ Network 'seeks at least a 6% increase in core spending power for districts, including the ability to raise council tax by 5% or £10 – modest asks compared to what other types of council have received in the past or might receive for 2024', says Ian Miller.


  • Fewer than 100 homes for refugees are occupied

    23 November 2023

    Fewer than 100 homes acquired using a fund to support English councils obtain housing for those fleeing conflicts have been occupied, according to the latest figures.


  • Sector unites in plea to chancellor

    22 November 2023

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


  • Getting Britain building homes

    15 November 2023

    We need to devise a system which ensures housing is built and we can provide the right mix of homes to meet the unique needs of local communities, says Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen.


  • The next level begins

    08 November 2023

    Last month saw the Levelling Up Act receive Royal Assent, but what will that actually mean for local authorities? Martin Ford takes a look.


  • Emergency summit held amid temporary accommodation warnings

    31 October 2023

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


  • Let there be fireworks on funding

    31 October 2023

    As we look towards this month’s Autumn Statement, it is clear the sector needs it and the settlement to respond to local government's challenges, says Tracy Bingham.


  • Districts face unpalatable choices

    30 October 2023

    The majority of district councils do not expect to be able to balance their budgets this year, says Cllr Elizabeth Dennis. But she believes it’s not too late for the Government to act.


  • 'Devolution hopes rest on combined authorities'

    24 October 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.


  • Putting prevention first

    23 October 2023

    Abigail Langley puts the high level of strategic priority placed on prevention in South Norfolk and Broadland under the spotlight, but she says investment does not match collective ambitions and localities’ needs.


  • 'Victory for common sense' hailed on waste

    23 October 2023

    Councils have claimed a ‘victory for common sense’ after ministers watered down plans to standardise waste and recycling collections.