27
Jul
/

Government departments taking space in Weatherill House

Part of Croydon Council’s headquarters are to be leased to Home Office and the Department for Work and Pensions as the borough looks to get maximum benefit from Weatherill House.

The construction of the state-of-the-art premises earlier this decade attracted controversy but the current administration has leased out space to provide value for the borough.

Some of the ground and first floor will also be leased to the DWP, as part of the relocation of the Jobcentre Plus from Dingwall Road to the council offices where they will set up alongside the council’s Gateway service and Croydon Works jobs brokerage scheme.

The council says that by keeping a firm hold on Croydon’s finances it remains in a strong position to continue delivering a balanced budget over the next three years despite continued reductions in central government funding.

It has committed to protecting frontline services and delivering key projects such as the £30m refurbishment of Fairfield Halls and the building of a new £25m leisure centre in New Addington as well as new houses and schools while delivering more than £100m in efficiency savings.

Councillor Simon Hall, cabinet member for Finance and Treasury, said: “The council’s firm hold on Croydon’s finances has put it in a strong position financially to enable it to continue making savings while investing in the borough and protecting key front line services.

“We will continue to lobby the government for fairer funding for Croydon, so it can continue to deliver value for money services that our residents need and deserve.”