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A multi-million pound scandal has erupted over two blocks of council homes which are still lying empty more than a year after they should have been finished – in the midst of a borough-wide housing crisis.

The buildings, in Mulkern Road and Holland Walk, Archway, were meant to be ready for those in need in March last year but a series of blunders, which one local councillor has branded a “disgrace” means they still aren’t ready to live in.

Work on the project, thought to be worth about £2million, was started in 2010 by an Islington Council contractor called Rok, which went bust in November of that year.

A second contractor, Primus, picked up the baton in April 2011 but still hasn’t finished the job and has been sacked by the council, which is now looking for a third company to finish the troubled project.


Islington Council estimates it costs £220 per week to keep each single person in temporary accommodation in the private sector, so the potential cost of housing people who were due to move into the two new blocks could run to £500,000.


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