Published: 16th Dec 2019

Four councils have dismissed the board at East Kent Housing (EKH) and taken direct control of the organisation after an independent report highlighted several issues around health and safety. The detailed report by independent housing experts Pennington Choices was commissioned by Canterbury City Council, Dover District Council, Folkestone & Hythe Council and Thanet District Council after problems were discovered with gas safety checks, water hygiene checks, electrical checks and fire safety checks at a relatively small number of council homes managed by EKH on their behalf. The report says a number of factors lead to the failures, including a lack of leadership and the perception of staff at EKH that saving money was a key priority. It also said there had been a ‘collective failure’ between EKH and the councils to award contracts and engage suppliers in a timely manner. It also recognised the difficulty encountered by EKH working for four different … (To read the full article, subscribe below)