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DCN at LGA Conference 2022

Category: DCN Updates | Events
Published: 20 June 2022

DCN at the LGA Conference 2022

We’re delighted to be joining the LGA Conference, and this year we’ll be looking to discuss the contribution we can make to levelling up. Our members want to be fully involved in levelling up and help our local communities land ambitious county deals.

We provide essential frontline services to 22 million people – that’s 40% of England’s population. We’re home to 40% of the country’s businesses and one-third of economic output. Districts provide critical capacity and capability to turn policy into practice at pace.

In vast swathes of England, the unleashing of districts is fundamental to achieving the 12 levelling up missions.

  • We have a proven track record of delivery based on our unique proximity to left-behind communities, our close knowledge of local places and economies, and strong convening power.
  • We’re supremely well-placed to drive the levelling up outcomes the Government seeks. We have vital levers to help deliver improved economic, social and health outcomes.
  • We work successfully with a broad range of partners – including county and unitary councils, and our local businesses – to develop solutions, catalyse collaboration and invest in long-term success.

This all adds up to districts being strong place leaders with clear democratic accountability providing the ability to get things done on the ground.


Below are a selection of our recent publications which demonstrate our members ability to achieve the goals of levelling up:

Reimagining our Towns and High Streets

Bigger is still Not Better 

Fit for the Future: The Health Value of Leisure and Wellbeing Services

Fit for the Future: The District role in health and wellbeing

Levelling Up Places: Case studies demonstrating districts’ power in place

DCN contacts

If you’d like to discuss our work further you can contact the following members of our team:

James Hood, DCN Director –                                               james.hood@local.gov.uk

Nick Golding, Senior Policy & External Relations Officer – nick.golding@local.gov.uk

David Sharman, Senior Policy & Partnerships Officer – david.sharman@local.gov.uk

Stephen Froome, Events & Engagement Officer –       stephen.froome@local.gov.uk



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