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District Councils’ Network responds to DCLG consultation: ‘Self-sufficient local government: 100% business rates retention’

In response to the DCLG consultation into 100 per cent retention of business rates, Cllr Neil Clarke MBE, chairman of the District Councils’ Network (DCN) said: “The DCN has appreciated this valuable opportunity to contribute to this consultation, which although admittedly of a general nature, has given participants the chance to consider the ultimate goals…

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100% Business Rate Retention: joint statement on CCN, DCN and RSN shared principles

Joint Statement The County Councils Network (CCN), District Councils’ Network (DCN) and Rural Services Network (RSN) have jointly welcomed the Government’s intention to move to 100% retention of business rates by 2020. Clearly this is ambitious, complex, and challenging, but our networks can support this if it enables further devolution, ensures key services are sustainable…

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Public health cuts ‘false economy’, MPs say

In LocalGov.co.uk, 1 September 2016: In response to the committee’s findings, Cllr Neil Clarke, chairman of the District Councils’ Network (DCN) said: ‘The DCN welcomes the Commons Health Committee’s report on pubilc health highlighting the crucial role that planning and licensing, which are central responsibilities of districts councils, play in ensuring better public health outcomes. ‘In…

District Councils’ Network responds to Commons Health Committee report on Public Health post-2013

The Commons Health Select Committee today issued a report entitled Public Health Post-2013 – Structures, Organisation, Funding and Delivery Inquiry. In response, Cllr Neil Clarke, chairman of the District Councils’ Network (DCN) said: “The DCN welcomes the Commons Health Committee’s highlighting the crucial role that planning and licensing, which are central responsibilities of districts councils,…