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Botched Refurb Home Scheme Wastes £5M. How?

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http://www.oldham-chronicle.co.uk/news-features/8/news-headlines/95423/leaked-report-had-no-evidence-from-me

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.

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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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