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Another 400 laid off from Connaught, five contracts still up for grabs

14 Sep 10 A further 400 workers have been redundant by the administrators for social housing contractor Connaught Partnerships, bringing the total to 1,100.

A further 400 workers have been redundant by the administrators for social housing contractor Connaught Partnerships, bringing the total to 1,100.

KPMG also confirmed the transfer of eight contracts to another social housing maintenance firm Mears, as tipped yesterday by The Construction Index.

It added: “The administrators are hopeful that the Mears transfer presents re-employment opportunities for some of the 600 staff made redundant from those contracts. Mears has provided the following number for redundant staff to call: 0845 602 2768.”

Morgan Sindall bought the majority of Connaught's housing contracts for £28m last week, saving 2,800 jobs.

This leaves KPMG still trying to transfer Connaught Partnerships' five remaining contracts to alternative providers, including its social housing maintenance deal with Norwich City Council services, which is staffed by 300 of the contractor's employees.

Another contract with the council, covering waste, refuse and recycling, street cleaning, grounds and tree maintenance, is contracted to Connaught Environmental. As this subsidiary is not in administration, the jobs of the 200 workers on the contract are not under threat.

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Joint administrator Brian Green said: "We have now transferred the vast majority of Connaught Partnerships' contracts to new providers, safeguarding the majority of jobs and ensuring continuity of service for tenants.

“Unfortunately around a quarter of staff were made redundant as part of the administration but we are hopeful that some of these staff will be re-employed by Mears.”

KPMG said a total of 1,100 workers had been laid off from Connaught Partnerships.

Two other Connaught businesses – compliance and environmental – remain in administration. Together, they employ 4,600 staff.

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