Responding to the Queen’s Speech which set out plans across England, Chairman of the District Councils Network, Cllr John Fuller, said:
“We welcome the Government’s ambition to invest in public services to help all areas prosper and give more control back to communities at a scale that is ‘right-sized’ around the citizen, using District Councils as the essential building block to deliver stronger economies and better lives.
“It is essential that local services are properly funded. We look forward to working with government ahead of the Spending Review, to ensure district councils get the long-term funding certainty to underpin the services that we deliver for every family, in every place, to make life better for everyone.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
The District Councils’ Network (DCN) is a cross-party member led network providing a single voice to 191 district councils. District councils in England deliver 86 out of 137 essential local government services to over 22 million people – 40 per cent of the population – and cover 68 per cent of the country by area. They play a key role in local communities, providing services such as building homes, collecting waste, regenerating town centres, preventing homelessness, keeping streets clean and maintaining parks.