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Room 151: "The future for outsourcing after Barnet formula cracks"

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"Internal reviews are rarely news but the announcement by London Borough of Barnet that it was reassessing its outsourcing deal and bringing key services back inhouse was a major moment.

"The decision by councillors, which was not widely publicised, was that 'the director of place role and the skills, employment and economic development (SEED) team from within the regeneration service, and the safety, health and wellbeing (SHaW) service, be returned to the council, subject to completion of the necessary financial due diligence.'

"Added to this, the council will decide in the autumn the future contractual arrangements with Capita for staff involved in the management and governance of the Brent Cross Cricklewood development scheme.

"Finance and Strategic HR had already transferred back to Barnet Council from Capita in April and the firm has already paid more than £4m in compensation."


Palmers Green Community: "Preliminary meeting about plan to build housing on Arnos Grove station car parks"

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"I braved the appropriately wet weather and went to this event this afternoon. There were quite a number of (vocal) people there and very little in the way of detail. I gleaned the following.

"This is (I was told) deliberately a preliminary consultation to see how locals react. A further consultation will take place later in the year, supposedly when more flesh will be on the bones. A similar event was held last night about similar plans for Cockfosters.

"Housing comprising 150 units is envisaged for the two Arnos car parks. The developer is Grainger plc, a long-established builder and rental landlord."

[Reposted] Barnet Times: "Major housing schemes planned for Barnet tube stations"

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"A thousand homes could be built at tube stations in Barnet in a bid to ease the capital's housing shortage.

"Major developments are being planned at Finchley Central and High Barnet stations to provide housing, commercial space, improvements to the public realm and better connections for pedestrians.

"Drawn up by Transport for London (TfL), the proposals involve building 650 homes in Finchley Central and up to 350 in High Barnet – 40 per cent of which would be classed as affordable."