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Norwich City Council Connaught staff to be transferred

Norwich City Council has revealed it is hoping to secure the jobs of 200 Connaught staff contracted to carry out bin collections and street cleaning.

Connaught Partnership staff are at risk of losing their jobs after it went into administration with debts of £220m.

Norwich City Council said its contracts could be transferred to Connaught Environmental, which trades as normal.

A separate contractor, Lovell, would do emergency housing repairs over the coming weeks, the council added.

'Real progress'

Contracts which would be transferred include grounds and tree maintenance.

Waste and recycling will continue to be delivered by subcontractor Verdant, the council said.

Council leader Steve Morphew said: "We're making real progress and this will help to further reassure residents - their bins will continue to get collected, streets will keep being cleaned, grass will be cut and emergency housing repairs will be completed.

"This deal would do a number of things - secure over 200 jobs, benefit a local contractor and put us on the right path to continue our discussions with the administrator.

"On the housing side, we are doing everything we can and are exploring a number of options.

"But the very tight timescale that the administrator has set means there are no easy solutions."

Connaught Partnerships employs 4,400 people across the UK.

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