Kier loses out as Islington brings repairs back in house

Grant Prior 8 years ago
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Islington council is not renewing its housing repairs contract with Kier after 14 years working together.

Officials have decided to bring the repairs service back in-house and 140 staff will now transfer back to council control.

The contract covers 30,000 homes and was worth £16.5m-a-year to Kier.

The council agreed to activate a break-clause last year and Kier has been working out its 12-month notice period.

Cllr James Murray, Islington Council’s executive member for housing said: “This is an important milestone for Islington’s council housing.

“At the same time as building a new generation of council housing we want to provide a high-quality service for our residents.

“Two years ago we brought housing management back in-house – and now our decision to bringing the repairs service in-house too shows how important it is for us to get it right.

“By running the repairs service directly, we can ensure resident satisfaction is a priority over profit.

“Over time, we want to maximise local employment and apprenticeships, alongside supporting the workforce and reducing dependence on sub-contractors.”

 

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