Concerns that all Housing Offices could close
Date posted: 02-10-2012
CONCERNS that a number of housing offices in the borough could close have been raised by both Tory councillors and members of the public.
Tory leader, cllr Phil Anderson raised the question asking:
“Does the portfolio holder intend to close the Corringham and Purfleet housing offices and what measures has she put in place to ensure that residents including elderly and vulnerable people can continue to access the full range of council services which they current go to the housing office for?”
Portfolio holder, cllr Val Morris-Cook explained that the matter had gone out to consultation.
Cllr Morris-Cook said: “We had just one response from Purfleet. We will be taking it forward to scrutiny, then to cabinet, later this year.”
The concerns are that Thurrock will follow areas such as Harlow, that closed all their housing offices many years ago and concentrated on one office in the civic offices.
Privately, officers are concerned about job losses as well as the idea that whether housing issues can be effectively dealt with in libraries or community hubs.