This page contains all of CCN’s research, publications, consultation responses, and submissions.

Our work covers all the main local government issues, from adult social care, to finance, to climate change, to housing and infrastructure. Use the search options below to find the topic you are looking for.


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CCN Analysis – Housing in Counties

March 23rd 2024

This latest report in the CCN Analysis series ‘Housing in counties: delivering homes for all, in the right places’¬† looks at¬†several data points on housing over the last decade, and finds various trends within county areas. The study illustrates why the next government should set out a long term plan for housing.


PwC – Workforce of the Future

February 5th 2024

County Spotlight – library and culture services

February 2nd 2024

Local Government Finance Settlement 2024/25: Consultation Response

January 22nd 2024

IMPOWER – Valuing Care: Using data to improve children and young people’s lives

December 7th 2023

Newton: Finding a Way Home – how health and social care can optimise hospital flow and discharge this winter

November 20th 2023

ISOS Partnership: From home to the classroom – making school transport services sustainable

November 18th 2023

CCN Analysis: Budget Pressures – Autumn 2023

November 1st 2023

The CCN and SCT have produced this analysis, which outlines the funding pressures county authorities face in 2023/24 and beyond due to high inflation and rising demand.


Consultation Response – Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: implementation of plan-making reforms

October 24th 2023

CCN Analysis – Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

September 28th 2023

This CCN Analysis document analyses the number and ratio of electric vehicle charge points in county areas, compared to other parts of the country. It also contains data on the number of plug-in vehicles registered in counties, and sets out the barriers to doing so.


Policy In Focus: Virtual Schools – Education’s Hidden Asset

August 15th 2023

This Policy In Focus document examines virtual schools, almost ten years after their introduction, and looks at how they can work more effectively going forward.


Newton – Demand and capacity of homes for children in care

July 21st 2023

This report analyses the cost and implementation implications of proposed Ofsted regulations for semi-independent care settings for young people in care, and makes a series of recommendations for how they can be introduced effectively.


SYSTRA – The state of county buses: recovering services post pandemic

July 19th 2023

CCN has partnered with SYSTRA to examine the state of county bus services over the last decade, including analysing service levels in county areas in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent national bus strategy from the government.


EY – Transition of Local Enterprise Partnership functions to CCN members: principles for success

July 14th 2023

With the government ‘minded to’ dissolve LEPs, this report from EY sets out how this can be done effectively, and makes the case for LEP functions to be subsumed by upper-tier local authorities.


County Spotlight – Children’s Services

July 6th 2023

This edition of the County Spotlight examines children’s services, and sets out best practice across 18 case studies from the CCN membership, as well as exploring recent financial and demand challenges.


Consultation Response: Infrastructure Levy

June 16th 2023

BT – Unlocking Local Government

June 5th 2023

This CCN Dialogues report from BT sets out the case for digital – and how it should be a prime economic growth consideration for councils.


Consultation Response: Local Enterprise Partnerships Future Funding

May 22nd 2023

County Spotlight – Active and Healthy Communities

May 15th 2023

This County Spotlight report looks at how CCN members are promoting healthy and active lives in their communities, and contains 16 best practice case studies.


County Spotlight – Active and Healthy Communities

May 12th 2023

Consultation Response: Stable Homes, Built on Love

May 3rd 2023

CCN Business Plan 2023/24

April 27th 2023

Consultation response: Stronger performance of local planning authorities through an increase in planning fees

April 26th 2023

County APPG Prospectus – 2023

March 30th 2023

County Spotlight – Homes for Ukraine

March 14th 2023

This special edition of the County Spotlight is released a year from when the Homes for Ukraine scheme was launched, and looks at how CCN members have stepped up to support the effort to house refugees in their areas. It features first-person pieces from refugees and hosts.


Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill: Reforms to the National Planning Policy Framework

March 8th 2023

Improving Infrastructure Funding and Delivery – Pragmatix Advisory

February 28th 2023

Economic Inactivity – Post Pandemic Trends in Counties

February 6th 2023

With the issue of economic inactivity rising up the political agenda, this CCN Analysis report looks at how this issue has impacted county areas and sets out steps to encourage and enable people back to the labour market.


Tunstall – Adopting The Right Technology To Transform Social Care

February 2nd 2023

Building on Tunstall’s previous report for CCN, this study sets out how councils can successfully implement new and emerging technological solutions in adult social care.


Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2022/23: Consultation Response

January 24th 2023