Ballot call over Sheffield housing repairs decision

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Sheffield Council’s decision to bring its homes repair and maintenance service back in house should be put to tenants in a ballot, opposition councillors have said.

The council last month agreed to bring back the service under its control from contractor Kier.

Town Hall Labour chiefs say the move will improve the service provided to tenants and also save cash in the long run.

The contract with Kier is set to end in 2017.

But opposition Liberal Democrat councillors have said there should be a ballot of tenants and leaseholders on the issue.

Coun Steve Ayris said: “This is a big decision, with many implications and risks.

“We believe the service users, as the ones that will be affected, should be well informed of the implications of this decision and ultimately be able to decide whether or not the service is brought back under council control.”