Published: 27th Apr 2020

A troubled arms-length housing company in Kent is to be broken up, with staff and properties returned to the four councils that own it. Canterbury City Council, Dover District Council, Folkestone & Hythe District Council and Thanet District Council have announced that East Kent Housing (EKH), which manages 17,000 properties is to close on 30 September. The local authorities dismissed the board at EKH in December 2019 and took 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 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 said a number of factors lead to the failures, including a lack of leadership and the perception of staff at EKH that saving … (To read the full article, subscribe below)