Council Budget 2009 -10

Council Budget 2009 UPDATE

Supporting the Vulnerable

First of all I want to thank those of you who have already sent messages of support to the welfare rights unit which is down be deleted in the budget proposals being considered at the Cabinet meeting tonight. We still need more of you to send in your messages of support. This is a service that provides to those with the highest need. In these severe economic times it is imperative that these service users are supported. Our report which we will be submitting to the Council (which will be publicly available found that the Unit is the last 12 months raised a staggering £1.8 million in benefits for service users in Barnet.

If you would like to send a message of support for this service please email

Sheltered Housing Scheme under threat as a result of proposed £950,000 budget saving. We have not had the opportunity to go through the proposals but our members working in sheltered accommodation understand that if this proposal goes through they will lose their jobs. We do not know who or what support will be provided to the 500 residents using this valuable service.

If you would like to send a message of support for the Sheltered Housing Service please email

Budget Proposals

The Trade Unions have not had the opportunity to discuss the proposals as they first need to be approved at tonight’s Cabinet Committee. You can find the Budget proposals online at

What you can do

If you work in a service where there are redundancies please let the branch office know by emailing or ringing the branch on 0208 359 2083/2088 in order we can arrange support for you and the service.