Brent Council
Morgan Law - Recruitment Consultancy

What makes Brent the place to be?

Brent is a vibrant and exciting place to live, work and study. Its most striking feature is its diversity. From Kilburn and Park Royal in the south, to Queensbury and Northwick Park in the north, it is a borough of stark contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up. Brent spans two distinct areas: the densely populated inner city, and leafy outer London suburbia. Much of the south of the borough was developed between 1890 and 1910, with a number of social housing estates built in the 1960s and 1970s.

The north of the borough was primarily developed in the 1920s and 1930s and all together Brent is the most culturally and ethnically diverse local authority area in the country. Over 120 languages are spoken in the borough by approximately 289,000 people. Black-minority-ethnic communities make up more than 70 per cent of residents.

Brent has much to offer as a business location and makes an important contribution to London’s economy. It is well located with excellent road and rail links to central London and the rest of the UK. It contains two of London’s largest industrial estates; Park Royal and Wembley.

Economics and employment

Poverty and social exclusion are significant issues, with the effect of the recession adding to the difficulties some families face in making ends meet. Brent has had an increase of 2,000 people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and National Insurance Credits since the recession began and claimant levels are the ninth highest in London. However, the council has placed over 4000 residents in to jobs through innovative employment programmes since 2002, helping to compensate for the effects of the recession and an increase of people claiming housing and council tax benefits since the start of the economic downturn. We believe that everyone in Brent should be able to participate in and benefit from growth in the local economy. We want to ensure that our residents have the right skills and opportunities to enable them to prosper.

Our vision and our priorities

Over recent years Brent Council has undergone major transformation and this continues with a programme of unprecedented structural and organisational change to meet the financial challenges facing the public sector.

The council has developed an Improvement and Efficiency Strategy which sets out proposals to deliver high quality services while driving efficiency and cutting waste and bureaucracy. It is designed to drive forward service excellence, urban regeneration and community cohesion while recognising that we cannot ignore the financial reality of providing public services in this challenging and prudent financial climate. At the heart of the new plan is a series of cost reduction projects which, when fully implemented, will help Brent to save a minimum of £53 million between 2010 and 2014.

The Chief Executive has made it clear that the council will only succeed in protecting frontline services and jobs if every member of the existing workforce, and those joining the authority, gets involved and makes our change programme happen on the ground. This programme of change precedes our move into the new Civic Centre, a modern, sustainable headquarters building that will be located opposite Wembley Stadium.

Awards and achievements

All areas of the council were awarded Investor in People accreditation in 2005, and re-accredited in 2007. Investor in People is a national standard for good practice in training and staff development. The council has also been awarded 16 Charter Marks recognising the high quality of services it provides, and 30 ISO awards, which are part of a family of international quality management standards.

Brent is one of only eight councils in the UK to win double beacon status, beating off opposition from 130 applicants bidding for the 52 awards on offer. The Beacon Scheme identifies centres of excellence in local government from which other councils can learn and nine of our schools have Beacon status. In total, between 2007 and 2009, Brent Council has received approximately 100 awards and accreditations across all of the council departments.

Brent also runs the Staff Achievement Awards each year. Instigated by the Chief Executive and now in its tenth year the staff awards recognise the contribution that employees make towards providing public services. At every ceremony there is one Employee of the Year along with many awards from the public for outstanding service.

Brent is a vibrant, diverse and exciting location. There is a huge opportunity to manage change in a way that genuinely helps us to become more efficient, streamlined and customer-focused. Anyone joining the council is coming into a confident, ambitious organisation with big plans. This is a real competitive advantage for us and means that Brent will continue to be a lively, exciting and rewarding place to work as we go into the future. If you are adaptable, highly-motivated and looking to make your mark in a demanding and fulfilling organisation then we would like to hear from you.

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Morgan Law Recruitment Consultancy
4th Floor, Clareville House
26-27 Oxendon Street, London, SW1Y 4EL

Bradley Kleyn   Tel: 020 7747 6820

Gareth Elwin     Tel: 020 7747 4949