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Recycling reform jeopardised by inadequate funding and unrealistic deadlines

Recycling reform jeopardised by inadequate funding and unrealistic deadlines

Funding shortfalls and unrealistic timelines could jeopardise the Government’s Simpler Recycling reforms, the ...
‘By working together we’re achieving big things’: Pendle’s regeneration showcased

‘By working together we’re achieving big things’: Pendle’s regeneration showcased

Pendle Borough Council has explained its bold vision for regenerating the town of Colne, including through the ...
Surge in children in temporary accommodation sparks concern 

Surge in children in temporary accommodation sparks concern 

The District Councils' Network (DCN) is calling for immediate action to ensure councils can afford to support ...
Independence for Oflog ‘will boost improvement’

Independence for Oflog ‘will boost improvement’

Independence from Government will ensure a fuller role for Oflog driving the improvement of councils, Trevor ...
Time to celebrate 50 years of being close to our communities

Time to celebrate 50 years of being close to our communities

Easter Monday is the fiftieth anniversary of the most localised principal tier of England’s local government ...

‘New lorries and bins will add to councils’ financial woes’

Government urged to listen to councils’ concerns about insufficient funding and unrealistic deadlines for waste ...
‘A missed opportunity’: DCN responds to the Budget

‘A missed opportunity’: DCN responds to the Budget

In response to the Budget, Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen, Chairman of the District Councils’ Network, said: “Today’s ...
Cllr Bridget Smith: ‘Communities support green energy’

Cllr Bridget Smith: ‘Communities support green energy’

Cllr Bridget Smith, Vice Chair of the District Councils’ Network and Leader of South Cambridgeshire District ...
‘Well-run councils will have to make counterproductive cuts’

‘Well-run councils will have to make counterproductive cuts’

The Chancellor has been urged to take targeted action to avoid counterproductive cuts to essential services at ...
DCN responds to extra Government funding

DCN responds to extra Government funding

The District Councils’ Network has welcomed extra Government funding for its member councils, which was announced ...
NPPF response: We want to deliver the right homes for our communities

NPPF response: We want to deliver the right homes for our communities

In response to the Government's announcement of reform to the National Planning Policy Framework, a District ...
“The last thing we want to do is to scale back preventative and value-adding services” – DCN Response to the local government finance policy statement

“The last thing we want to do is to scale back preventative and value-adding services” – DCN Response to the local government finance policy statement

The District Councils’ Network has responded to this afternoon’s Government local government finance policy ...
DCN responds to parliamentary inquiry on disabled people in the housing sector

DCN responds to parliamentary inquiry on disabled people in the housing sector

DCN has responded to the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee's inquiry into ‘Disabled people in the ...
Autumn Statement: DCN welcomes local housing allowance and planning boosts

Autumn Statement: DCN welcomes local housing allowance and planning boosts

The Government has today announced significant extra funding to ease homelessness pressures in response to a ...
DCN members to benefit from latest Levelling Up funding

DCN members to benefit from latest Levelling Up funding

The District Councils’ Network has welcomed the news that 12 of our member councils are to set to benefit from the ...
Chancellor urged by 119 councils to avert homelessness crisis

Chancellor urged by 119 councils to avert homelessness crisis

119 council leaders have signed a letter to the Chancellor calling on him to address the homelessness and ...
The maintenance of local discretion over recycling is a victory for common sense – DCN responds to Simpler Recycling announcement

The maintenance of local discretion over recycling is a victory for common sense – DCN responds to Simpler Recycling announcement

The District Councils’ Network is pleased that the Government has listened to our concerns about the unintended ...
‘District councils have no choice but to cut back our lifeline services’

‘District councils have no choice but to cut back our lifeline services’

Survey reveals how inflation and rising demand for services is forcing district councils to make unpalatable ...

Reaction to PM’s speech: Top-down approach to waste must end

The District Councils’ Network has responded to the Prime Minister’s speech yesterday which suggested that ...
District councils top recycling league table

District councils top recycling league table

District councils top recycling league table The success of district councils in recycling waste and reducing ...
We need certainty’ – DCN reacts to latest waste policy delay

We need certainty’ – DCN reacts to latest waste policy delay

The Government has today announced a one-year delay in implementing Extended Producer Responsibility for ...
DCN responds to Long-Term Plan for Towns

DCN responds to Long-Term Plan for Towns

DCN has welcomed the news that 15 towns in district council areas are to receive funding through the Government’s ...
DCN responds to APPG on housing and planning’s inquiry

DCN responds to APPG on housing and planning’s inquiry

DCN has responded to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Planning’s inquiry into England's developer ...