The District Councils’ Network (DCN) has today, at its Annual General Meeting, confirmed its leadership team to take the organisation forward.
Cllr John Fuller, the leader of South Norfolk District Council and current DCN Chairman, has been re-appointed for the coming year.
Cllr Tom Beattie (Corby) was re-appointed as Vice Chair for the Labour Group. The other Vice Chairs were confirmed as Cllr David Neighbour (Hart) for the Liberal Democrat Group, and Mayor Kate Allsop (Mansfield) for the Independent Group.
The announcement was made at DCN’s AGM which took place at the LGA’s annual conference in Birmingham today.
During the coming year, the organisation will continue to focus on its priorities, including ensuring fair funding delivers a fair deal for districts, securing the new homes bonus in the spending review, seeking a financial solution to negative RSG, that councils are given the freedom to build the right kinds of homes for their areas across the country, and that our role in prevention to reduce the demand on adult social care is reflected in the forthcoming social care green paper.
Cllr John Fuller, continuing Chairman of the District Councils’ Network, said:
“It is an honour to once again be confirmed as Chairman of the cross-party District Councils’ Network. The last year has been a busy but rewarding one for DCN, and we’ve secured some real successes for our members but challenges remain.
“As planning and housing authorities, the importance of maintaining fiscal incentives to grow local economies and housing markets is essential, alongside correcting the iniquitous issue of negative council tax where levies raised from residents are diverted to other areas.
“Just as important is reinforcing the point that local district councils are an essential part of the local care service and whose preventative work and focus on housing standards and enforcement is a key determinant of public health and does more to keep people out of hospital than any other part of the state and the new Green Paper should recognise that.”
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