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The District Councils’ Network (DCN) has, at its Annual General Meeting, confirmed its leadership team to take the organisation forward.

Cllr John Fuller OBE, the leader of South Norfolk District Council and current DCN Chairman, has been re-appointed for the coming year.

Cllr Tom Beattie from Corby Borough Council was re-appointed as Vice Chair for the Labour Group. The other Vice Chairs were confirmed as Cllr Sara Bedford from Three Rivers District Council for the Liberal Democrat Group, and Cllr Tim Gwilliam from Forest of Dean District Council for the Independent Group.

The announcement was made at DCN’s AGM which took place at the LGA’s annual conference in Bournemouth yesterday.

With a new Government and spending review imminent, the DCN will press for funding certainty and the continuation of the incentive to build new homes and the further elimination of negative RSG – the tax on success – while ensuring that our key role in prevention relating to homelessness, health and wellbeing is fully recognised in the search for a solution to the growing adult social care crisis.

Cllr John Fuller OBE, continuing Chairman of the District Councils’ Network, said:

“It is an honour to once again be confirmed as Chairman of the District Councils’ Network for the last time.

“I am pleased with our lobbying successes, notably the lifting of the HRA cap, but challenges remain, not least the fight to provide all the tools to help districts as planning and housing authorities to actively manage local housing markets with infrastructure funding, accelerated Compulsory Purchase Order and step-in rights to deliver stalled developments alongside ensuring that our role in prevention can reduce demand in other areas of the state with the funding to match.”



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