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Repair work goes to Hull Council's in-house team

Connaught van
Image caption Former contractor Connaught went into administration in 2010.

Work to maintain and repair council-owned properties in Hull will be carried out by the authority's KWL company, councillors have decided.

In February city officials said two firms, Kingstown Works Ltd and Kier would get the work following the collapse of a former contractor.

Kingstown Works Ltd (KWL) will now talk to Kier about any transfer of staff.

Earlier in 2011 the council said it had "reviewed the business cases" supplied by both organisations - KWL and Kier - and had signed a "decision record to proceed".

'Thorough assessment'

Almost 130 people lost their jobs after contractor Connaught went into administration in 2010.

People working for Connaught were previously transferred to the two companies but unions had feared terms and conditions would be changed.

Now Hull City Council has said: "After a thorough assessment of its ability to achieve best value in terms of price and quality, Hull City Council's cabinet has arranged for its repairs and maintenance to be carried out by Kingstown Works (KWL), a company wholly-owned by the council .

"The decision has been made to offer KWL the work for a 10-year period from April 2012 with a five-year break clause and a continuous assessment process to ensure it meets value for money thresholds."

City officials said the arrangement would cover Hull's entire housing stock and offer "long-term continuity on repairs and maintenance, which has year on year savings built in to offer best value".

A council officer said it would be a matter for KWL and Kier to negotiate on any transfer of staff.

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