Enhancing quality of life


Districts play a crucial role as local leaders who are on the side of residents. Our priorities are shaped by our understanding of and engagement with local communities. Districts protect and enhance quality of life by safeguarding our environment, promoting public health and leisure and creating attractive places to live, work and raise families.

The project group

The workstreams are currently undergoing a refresh, and an update will be posted shortly.

Our workplan priorities include:

  • Continuing to build evidence and lobby government to allow districts to raise a prevention precept
  • Seeking to influence and respond to the social care green paper to ensure the district role in reducing the burden on adult social care is fully recognised by the Government
  • Building strong relationships with sector partners, including Public Health England and the NHS
  • Continuing to promote the district role in place-based health and wellbeing; showcasing examples of community leadership, effective partnership working, innovative and sustainable provision of leisure facilities, maintaining high quality green spaces and supporting local cultural activities.
  • Continuing to promote and encourage bids to relevant funding streams, including Sport England
  • Promoting the work of the Healthy Towns and Villages Network


DCN and Capita announce partnership

DCN and Capita announce partnership The District Councils’ Network is pleased to announce Capita as a new strategic partner. Our partnership will generate new ideas on breaking down silos in local government, transforming local public services and other important issues...
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District Bulletin: must-reads and noticeboard for September

This article features essential information from DCN's September District Bulletin newsletter.   MUST-READS: Our round-up of the crucial articles for district councils Financial Times (£): Inflation surge forces councils to cut UK ‘levelling up’ projects The BBC: Rising costs threaten...
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An opportunity has arisen to be ministers’ growth agenda partners

An opportunity has arisen to be ministers’ growth agenda partners The economic direction of travel under Liz Truss will differ from that under her predecessors Jonathan Werran, Chief Executive, Localis The poignant images of the late Queen Elizabeth II, clearly...
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‘Thank you, Your Majesty. Thank you, district councils’

'Thank you, Your Majesty. Thank you, district councils' Districts have played a significant role in local commemorations for the Queen – and this autumn will provide further unprecedented challenges Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen, Chairman, District Councils’ Network The past few weeks...
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Districts respond to investment zones announcement

The District Councils’ Network has responded to the Government’s plan to create investment zones to spearhead local growth. Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen, Chairman of the DCN, said: “District councils are already using their knowledge of local communities and close relationships with local...
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