Norwich awards temporary contracts for work on homes

image captionConnaught workers staged a protest outside Norwich City Hall

A council that saw the firm entrusted with building and maintenance collapse is awarding temporary contracts to continue services to tenants.

Norwich councillors have given 10 new contracts to firms to work on city-owned homes after contractor Connaught went out of business in August.

Year-long contracts will deal with the most urgent work in city homes.

Alan Waters, from Norwich City Council, said council tenants would continue to receive a full service.

"We have been able to respond to all the programmed work even during these difficult times," Mr Waters said.

"What we can guarantee is that as we move into the new short-term contracts it will be seamless.

"So people can be reassured that services will be provided and if they have any problems they should contact the city council who will respond straight away."

The city council aims to put the work out to tender in the new financial year.

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