Good News: Housing options staying in Barnet House.
Last week staff working for Barnet Homes were informed that the Housing Options service would not be moving to Barnet House.
This is a sensible decision. This service is probably the most high profile and potentially volatile work environment. Due to the brutal crushing impact of austerity those who need this service have often been refused access to services. They are desperate and very vulnerable. Last year we had a fatality. It was a tragedy and it had a profound impact on many of the staff who were working there that day. This is a service that need space for residents and their families to be able to speak to staff in a safe environment.
The space allocated at Colindale was never going to be suitable.
For the time being the service is remaining at Barnet House in which case it does need some money spent on it to make it a better environment for all that use and or work there.