Neil Merrick

  • A sign of cutting corners?

    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.

    A sign of cutting corners?
  • Clerks and councillors: Raising their game

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

    Clerks and councillors: Raising their game
  • A false economy

    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.

    A false economy
  • What are councils spending on discretionary housing payments?

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

    What are councils spending on discretionary housing payments?
  • Time to restructure Right to Buy?

    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.

    Time to restructure Right to Buy?
  • Parish councils and the devolution of services

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

    Parish councils and the devolution of services
  • The harassment and intimidation of local councillors

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

    The harassment and intimidation of local councillors
  • The long road to rates retention

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

    The long road to rates retention
  • Local government guide to social media

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

    Local government guide to social media
  • Examining the future of almos

    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.

    Examining the future of almos
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