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MPs say ‘Prevent negative RSG and give districts more tools to grow local economies’

A cross-party group of Parliamentarians has called on the government to empower districts with “suitable local flexibilities and incentives” to stimulate growth in the forthcoming spending review. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for District Councils, a cross-party group of MPs and Peers, also urged the Government to take immediate action to prevent over 70% of district authorities…

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DCN responds to appointment of new housing minister

Responding to the appointment of Kit Malthouse MP as the new Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Cllr John Fuller, Chairman of the District Councils’ Network (DCN), said: “The DCN congratulates Kit Malthouse on his appointment to a key role in Government. “As the housing and planning authorities that touch more than 220 parliamentary…

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DCN unveils 2018/19 leadership team

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.…

DCN responds to social housing investment announcement

Responding to an announcement by Government of £1.67 billion to build affordable homes and a £1 billion increase in the housing borrowing cap, Cllr Mark Crane, DCN Lead for Stronger Economies, said: “If the housing cap was lifted completely this would allow district councils to build the houses this country needs. Whilst the additional £1…