Leeds & West Yorkshire

Jobs secured in Leeds as contractor Lovell appointed

More than 100 jobs in Leeds have been secured after a contractor was appointed to run council house repairs previously operated by Connaught.

The city council said Lovell Partnerships was now responsible for overseeing maintenance work to about 15,000 homes in the city.

Lovell Partnerships said it had secured 118 jobs.

Property and environmental services giant Connaught was put into administration in September.

The company said it had failed to secure funding to pay £220m of debt.

Leeds City Council's executive board member for housing, Councillor Peter Gruen, said: "We are pleased that we have been able to act quickly to appoint Lovell as replacement contractor to carry out this important work.

Lovell Partnership' s managing director Stewart Davenport said: "We are delighted to be working with Leeds City Council over the coming months to provide maintenance services for customers in Leeds, and are extremely pleased that this will also enable us to safeguard local jobs."

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