Neil Merrick

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.

The harassment and intimidation of local councillors

06/04/2018

From death threats to online harassment, just why are councillors subject to increasing levels of abuse? Neil Merrick investigates.

The long road to rates retention

19/03/2018

Why has the move towards 100% retention of business rates been so slow? Neil Merrick investigates.

Local government guide to social media

02/02/2018

Neil Merrick explains how local authorities can get the most from social media and avoid potential pitfalls.

Examining the future of almos

07/12/2017

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Kensington and Chelsea Council decided to terminate its housing almo. Neil Merrick explores if other councils will now review how they manage their housing stock.

Discretionary housing payments: the under-spenders

11/10/2017

Figures have revealed that local authorities are failing to spend millions of pounds for discretionary housing payments. Neil Merrick investigates the reasons why.

A legal duty to prevent homelessness

18/07/2017

Neil Merrick explores the impact and financial burdens the new Homelessness Reduction Act will have on local authorities.

Highways jobs

Senior Practitioner - Placement Finding Team

Essex County Council
£28500.0 - £50400.0 per annum
Senior Practitioner - Children and Young People Placement Service- Placement Finding Team Interviews to be held on the 10th September at County Hall, England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

People Information Analyst

Essex County Council
Up to £33330 per annum
Please note this is a fixed term contract role for a duration of 12 months. Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local au England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Key stage Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£32430 - £34794
Key Stage Education Officer (Secondary Phase) to work with children in our care, supporting them in classrooms and in their homes with their education SE18 6HQ
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Solicitor/Barrister Advocate - Children’s x4

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band I, SCP 44 - 47 (£46,564 - £49,538 per annum) (£24.14 - 25.68 per hour)
To act as the principal advocate for all aspects of advocacy legal work relating to the children’s social care in the county court and high court. Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury B69 3DE
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Business Support Officer

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band C, SCP 5 - 8 (£18,795 - £19,945 per annum) pro rata (£9.74 - £10.34 per hour)
The successful candidate will provide administrative business support to service teams within Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing. The Lyng, Health & Social Care Centre, Frank Fisher Way, West Bromwich, B70 7AW
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

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