LEVEN’S Carberry House has re-opened to Fife Council staff following a refurbishment and reorganisation of local offices.
Council social work staff, previously based in Station Road, Leven, will be relocated to the new base.
The move follows a series of changes as part of the council’s office rationalisation programme.
Also, from Monday, December 3, anyone seeking face-to-face advice or support from social work staff for the first time are asked to visit the council’s library and local office in Durie Street, Leven. The office will be open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.
Ian Arnott, directorate resources manager, with the social work department, said: “Ensuring care for service users and good customer service continues is our first priority. For many, there will be very little change.
“Having all services under one roof within the council’s local library and office in Durie Street will offer much more of a ‘one-stop-shop’ for people seeking advice about social work services, as well as a whole range of additional support such as housing or benefits advice.
“They can also visit www.fifedirect.gov.uk or call Fife Council’s contact centre on 01383 441177.”
“For existing service users, we have written to them as courtesy, but also to include a handy ‘keep in touch’ contact card.
“This way they can continue to make appointments at a time and place that suits them.”
Carberry House is the latest project under the council’s office rationalisation programme which will reduce the number of office properties the council occupies from 95 to potentially 27.
The retained office buildings are being designed and refurbished to a common standard, providing sustainable and energy efficient environments where possible.
The programme is also supporting the council’s move to more mobile and flexible working which means that offices can be used more efficiently and customers receive a better service.
Benefits include a potential income of £14.2m from selling vacated offices, and annual savings in running costs of around £2.8m. The programme has also included refurbishment of The Burgh Chambers in Buckhaven and closure of council offices at 96-98 Wellesley Road, Methil, and 12 Station Road and the Alex Whyte office, Rose Terrace, both in Leven.