In its press statement NBC writes ‘Tenants and officers were involved in the evaluation process, which looked at price and quality, and included visits to the contractor’s sites. What is NOT said is what tenants and how they were selected. We Northampton Defend Council housing are NOT pleased that Kier Services Ltd are included if it is the case that they or its ultimate parent company Kier Group plc have been involved in using the services of the Consulting Association or being found to have use the practice known as cover pricing by the Office of Fair Trading.
We would also like to know if the unknown tenants were hoodwinked about Cover pricing and blacklisting?
Link to NBC press statement:
We will be bringing this to the attention of all meetings of tenants and the council
Bring your attention to the Housing Options Panel – Notes of Wednesday 27th February
3.4 Discussions around participation mechanisms NA pointed out that participation is not a spectator sport and that tenants should be able to ‘pick our own team’ taking the view that selection is not acceptable.
In his report back to the customer panel he will be referring to who selected the following Tenants that were involved in the evaluation process for the Phase 3 Decent Homes contracts that resulted in Kier Services Ltd getting picked, He will be asking the tenants involved if they were made a wear of a number of issues?
It also seems that a question as been tabled to 11th March 2013 Council meeting:
To Councillor Markham Cabinet Member for Housing
In your report to Council (Monday 11th March 2013) “Kier Services Ltd, Lovell Partnership Ltd and Mears Ltd have been awarded the contracts worth £58.2 million” Could you confirm that Kier Services Ltd is part of Kier Group plc?
I think the person asking the question expects the response to be YES?
Then it is assumed that the following points will be made:
This I believe is the same Kier Group that was slated by the ‘Office of Fair Trading’ and found to have ripped of the public purse via cover pricing?
What is clear is that Kier Regional Limited together with its ultimate parent company Kier Group plc – did and the Office of Fair Trading case resulted in a Penalty payable of £17,894,438
Kier are definitely also one of firms found to be using the Consulting Association Blacklist when the Consulting Association offices were raided in 2009 by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
And an Enforcement Notice dated 3 August 2009 was sent to Kier