The District Councils’ Network is a cross-party member led network of all 201 district councils in England. We are a Special Interest Group of the Local Government Association (LGA), and provide a national voice for district councils within the LGA. We lobby central government, the political parties and other stakeholders directly on behalf of our members, as well as commissioning research, providing support, and sharing best practice.

DCN Priority Areas

Devolution and future of public services in localities

Putting districts at the heart of devolution and helping shape the future of local government in which districts serve as essential building blocks to new devolutionary settlements for the benefit of the people and places we serve.

Houses of Parliament and Portcullis House from Westminster Bridge

Growth and planning

DCN works to make sure districts are best placed and incentivised to drive national productivity through business, housing and economic growth – including a streamlined and effective planning system

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Health and wellbeing

District councils play a key role in health and social care integration and preventative services. We want to ensure that nationally we deliver better outcomes for residents and long-term savings for the public sector.

Coffee morning, health and wellbeing

Fair funding and finance for local government

DCN supports reforms and freedoms to local government finance which support local decision-making, enhance self-sufficiency and provide incentives for growth.

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RT @jimmcmanusph: #Herts multi-agency #publichealth board discussing draft #planning guidance on health & wellbeing @CulturePlanning @PHE_u…
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RT @sandrawcoaching: Off to London for @districtcouncil session on health & wellbeing Train cancelled so a coffee shop treat for an hour or…
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RT @MichelleLowe14: @districtcouncil involvement in #STPs can help tackle #homelessness with hsing dimension & solutions: debt, mental heal…
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