Local businesses to be considered as council service providers

Published:  04 October, 2012

ESSEX: Thurrock Council is not extending its contract with Morrison Facilities Services to carry out repair works to its housing stock and return empty properties to a lettable condition.

Officials confirmed the deal will not go beyond its minimum five-year period, just over two years after the contract was awarded, and that local contractors would be considered.

Thurrock Council's housing lead, Cllr Val Morris-Cook, said: "In August 2010 the council entered a contract with Morrison Facilities Services to carry out repair works to its housing stock and return empty properties to a lettable condition." Despite the potential for a long-term working relationship, the partnership has been "disappointing" he said.

"There are many lessons to be learned from this exercise, not least that we need to consider local businesses as competent service providers and offer them opportunities to contribute to the local economy.

"Only large companies were considered for this contract and in future the council may wish to re-visit this strategy. The council made mistakes in its tendering processes and in its management structures so we cannot say that the poor quality of service delivery lies entirely with Morrison."

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