Stronger economies

During 2020, districts granted 145,000 planning permissions - 9 in 10 of applications received

Better Lives

Districts ensure that no one gets left behind by tackling the complex needs…

Stronger Economies

Districts are integral to the UK’s future prosperity as the Planning, Housing…

Enhancing Quality of Life

Districts play a crucial role as local leaders who are on the side of residents. Our priorities are shaped…

Sustainable Finance and Workforce

Districts must work within a financial framework that incentivises and rewards local growth, whilst…

Better Lives

Districts ensure that no one gets left behind by tackling the complex needs…

Stronger Economies

Districts are integral to the UK’s future prosperity as the Planning, Housing…

Enhancing Quality of Life

Districts play a crucial role as local leaders who are on the side of residents. Our priorities are shaped…

Sustainable Finance and Workforce

Districts must work within a financial framework that incentivises and rewards local growth, whilst…

WHO WE ARE

The District Councils’ Network (DCN) is a cross-party member led network of 180 district councils. We are a Special Interest Group of the Local Government Association (LGA), and provide a single voice for all district councils within the Local Government Association.

District councils in England deliver 86 out of 137 essential local government services to over 22 million people – 40% of the population – and cover 68% of the country by area.

District councils have a proven track record of building better lives and stronger economies in the areas that they serve. Districts protect and enhance quality of life by safeguarding our environment, promoting public health and leisure, whilst creating attractive places to live, raise families and build a stronger economy. By tackling homelessness and promoting wellbeing, district councils ensure no one gets left behind by addressing the complex needs of today whilst attempting to prevent the social problems of tomorrow.

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@districtcouncil

- 9 hours ago

@LeisureOpps: Study: third of councils fear they have to close health clubs and pools permanently @districtcouncil #LeisureCentre #PublicLeisure #Gym #Pool #HealthClub https://t.co/fYE5FPRgnN https://t.co/ASfmrggylT
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@districtcouncil

- 9 hours ago

@psenews: 117 council-run leisure centres in England are estimated to be at risk of closure @districtcouncil #council #health https://t.co/YCpP4VU0XT https://t.co/xIRs7JErNN
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@districtcouncil

- 1 day ago

⛹️‍♂️Today, changes in restrictions allow indoor sports & group exercise, but 100+ leisure centres are at risk. ICYMI - on Saturday we warned 1 in 3 district leisure centres face permanent closure without further support. 👇👇👇 https://t.co/jcgUQSll7r
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@districtcouncil

- 1 day ago

@districtcouncil: 🏊‍♀️A wave of leisure centre closures risks undermining efforts to combat the "escalating mental health and obesity crisis" warns @Dan_Humphreys Our survey found 117 centres at risk of permanent closure, with many more forced to reduce services. 👇 https://t.co/xw2aXBi4XY
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@districtcouncil

- 3 days ago

Plummeting income across the pandemic has brought many to the brink at a time that they're crucial for our health and economic recovery. Govt support has been helpful, but more help is needed. More details: https://t.co/gBPRCmdU1I
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