Thursday, September 22, 2011
Property department colluded with building contractors
BBC Scotland has uncovered evidence of possible fraud and serious wrongdoing in building works overseen by Edinburgh City Council. There are calls for a review of recent work carried out under the statutory notice system, which allows the council to order repairs to private homes. The BBC heard claims of bribes being offered by contractors, overcharging, unnecessary and poor quality work. Under the statutory notice system, which is unique to Edinburgh, the council can intervene to organise repair work for private properties when the owners cannot reach agreement. Experts commissioned by BBC Scotland found that the residents had been over-charged, and that some of the repairs were unnecessary, of poor quality and may actually have made the buildings worse.