Stronger Economies


Districts are integral to the UK’s future prosperity as the Planning, Housing and Growth Authorities, growing the national economy, one local economy at a time.

The project group

The workstreams are currently undergoing a refresh, and new workstream members will be confirmed shortly.

Our workplan priorities include:

  • Taking forward economic growth proposals highlighted in the DCN and Grant Thornton Transformation toolkit
  • Ensuring that districts are at the heart of the creation of local Industrial Strategies
  • Influencing the Government’s LEP review, working with the LEP Network and Centre for Public Scrutiny to share best practice
  • Ensuring local areas continue to receive flexible funding for local needs, including post-Brexit
  • Working with Homes England and the Town and Country Planning Association to share best practice on garden settlements
  • Working to ensure that incentives for housing growth remain, and that the central role of districts in enabling housing is recognised
  • Engaging in the draft revised NPPF consultation, the Letwin Review and the MCHLG Select Committee investigation into land value capture
  • Calling for clarity on and responding to the review consultation on the Community Infrastructure Levy


Councils’ cost-of-living support services threatened by £900m funding gap

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DCN and Penna announce partnership

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DCN and Capita announce partnership

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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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