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Norwich looks at homes options after Connaught collapse

Protesters outside Norwich City Hall
Image caption Former Connaught workers protesting outside Norwich City Hall

Proposals to deal with housing repairs and maintenance of council-owned properties in Norwich are to be considered next week.

The Norwich City Council cabinet will discuss bringing the service in-house again, setting up a shared operation or contracting a new private company.

New arrangements must be made after contractor Connaught collapsed.

Councillors at the 16 February meeting will be asked to approve bringing in a private company to do most of the work.

The firm would be contracted to provide repairs, maintenance, look after empty premises, and carry out programmed works such as kitchens and bathrooms.

The council is also responsible for adapting homes for the disabled, boiler and heating upgrades.

Alan Waters, the council's cabinet member for resources, performance and shared service, said: "We will work through the full range of options available and continue to keep all our options open as the various different contracts come up for renewal.

"We need to assess capacity issues in terms of cuts in budgets over the next three years.

"We also need to look at where the skills are in the organisation regarding the management or running of contracts and a careful risk assessment of each of the options."

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