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Botched Refurb Home Scheme Wastes £5M. How?

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Earlier this year, AAAW Ltd, a company Rossendale Council had brought in to manage the refurbishment of 474 homes across East Lancashire, went into liquidation.

This triggered the collapse of the scheme — at an expected cost of up to £2million.

The report claims there was allegedly a lack of involvement of elected members, and the council paid the supplier £3.3million without undertaking any procurement process, by the decision of a single officer.

As of September, just 152 of the 359 properties renovated by AAAW Ltd were occupied, with an estimated 90 per cent of the renovated homes requiring further work.

Do councils really just give huge sums of money over to companies?

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I live in the Rossendale valley & from my experience if there was an award for most incompetent local authority then Rossendale Borough Council would be strong contenders.

Regardless of that though local government & commercial enterprises are rarely a good mix, letting councillors/local government officers with misplaced political ideals & no business backgrounds loose with other people's (the taxpayers) money - what could possibly go wrong???

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