Neil Merrick

Providing sanctuary for refugees

10/12/2019

Neil Merrick finds out what councils across the country are doing to welcome and resettle Syrian refugees.

PWLB hike: A rise too far?

09/12/2019

What impact will the increase to the Public Works Loan Board rate have on councils’ housing and other capital schemes? Neil Merrick investigates.

Navigating the rules of purdah

25/11/2019

Neil Merrick voices his frustration over how different councils interpret purdah rules.

How accurate is the annual rough sleeping count?

21/10/2019

With some councils changing from estimating the number of homeless people on the streets to actually counting them, do recent figures genuinely reflect the success of the government's rough sleeping initiative? Neil Merrick investigates.

The safety of social housing

26/09/2019

Neil Merrick explores how councils are improving the safety of social housing two years after the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Safeguarding shake-up

24/09/2019

With local safeguarding children boards being abolished, Neil Merrick finds out what new arrangements councils are setting up in their local areas.

Forced into aggressive debt collection?

08/07/2019

With more households falling behind in council tax payments, are councils becoming too aggressive in the way they collect arrears? Neil Merrick investigates.

A licence to let

04/07/2019

With the government’s recent focus on regulating the private rented sector, Neil Merrick explores how councils are using licensing scheme to tackle rogue landlords.

The rise of the ‘super’ parish council

26/06/2019

With figures showing parish precepts have risen by 4.9% this year, Neil Merrick explores how parish councils are using the extra revenue to deliver increased and better services.

Has the Government ‘gone cold’ on the Northern Powerhouse?

02/04/2019

Neil Merrick talks to the Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry about the progress of developments in the North.

Redefining the shape of local government

20/03/2019

With the new authorities of East Suffolk and West Suffolk launching from next month, what final hurdles do the councils face in coming together? Neil Merrick reports.

Supporting victims of domestic abuse

21/01/2019

More than a year after the Government promised a domestic abuse bill, Neil Merrick explores what councils are currently doing to help protect victims.

Is bankruptcy an option?

10/01/2019

Neil Merrick finds out what consequences a council may face if it is unable to provide statutory services or deliver a balanced budget.

The rebirth of local authority planning?

13/12/2018

Does the publication of Letwin’s report into tackling the housing crisis mean councils will take a more proactive role in development? Neil Merrick explores.

A sign of cutting corners?

09/10/2018

With figures revealing the number of complaints about local councils are on the rise, what does this say about the performance of the sector? Neil Merrick investigates.

Clerks and councillors: Raising their game

25/09/2018

Neil Merrick outlines the five key areas that parish and town councillors should be trained in.

A false economy

21/09/2018

With councils being forced to spend more money on children in crisis, this often comes at the expense of preventative services. Neil Merrick finds out why this is creating a postcode lottery in children's social care.

What are councils spending on discretionary housing payments?

18/09/2018

Local authorities are spending record sums on emergency payments to households that otherwise face eviction by private or social landlords. Neil Merrick investigates.

Time to restructure Right to Buy?

18/06/2018

Neil Merrick finds out why councils are struggling to replace only a fraction of the homes sold under Right to Buy, and explores how the housing policy could be improved.

Parish councils and the devolution of services

06/06/2018

Neil Merrick finds out why some parish councils are doubling or trebling council tax precepts after taking on services from higher tier authorities.

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