Financial Independence

District councils are already financially efficient, delivering 86 key services for an average council tax of £3.23 a week. We operate at a scale residents relate to and that works with the economic geography of areas.

Over the coming years, the District Councils’ Network wants to play key role in the transformation of local government finance, supporting greater financial independence for its members, enabling them to be more responsive to delivering regional and local strategies that drive economic and housing growth and provide services to those that need them the most.

District Councils- a snapshot

  • We are the most efficient part of the public sector – districts collect 97.9% of council tax- higher than both metropolitan and unitary authorities (95.4%; 96.7%)
  • There are 688 shared services agreements in place involving district councils.
  • We have increased public satisfaction of our service delivery.

District Councils – Our Key Focus

District Councils will maximise the potential of the 100% retention of Business Rates, supporting them to become more financially independent.

Districts will develop and expand their commercial ventures independently and in partnership to generate additional income to support front line services.

To support local authority financial independence district councils will set fair and reasonable fees and charges to cover costs and protect those services that residents value the most.

We will continue to share the benefits of growth with residents by investing New Homes Bonus in economic growth initiatives and key services.

Districts will support the development of local housing through investment in local schemes.

The project group

Members – Cllr Sharon Taylor and Cllr John Fuller

Lead Chief Executives – David Cook and Sally Marshall

Policy Officers – Graham Soulsby for further information