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Office furniture ‘given priority over homes’

By Paperstone on February 2, 2007 in Office Furniture

A housing association in the north east has come under fire for "needlessly" spending money on moving offices and investing in new office furniture.

East Durham Homes (EDH) has been lambasted by local politicians following revelations in the Hartlepool Mail that it spent £155,000 moving staff from one floor to another.

This compounded earlier news that revealed that it had spent some £230,000 on office furniture to equip its new facilities at Peterlees Whitehouse Business Park.

The massive spend on office furniture has caused outrage in the north east as it is claimed that 7,000 of the homes it operates are currently below national standards.

Local councillor Brian Wilson told the Hartlepool Mail: "I think it is a complete and utter waste of money. It is not good budgeting when all the problems exist with tenants who can’t get various aspects of their homes improved."

However, an EDH spokesperson has claimed that the money invested into its facilities will directly benefit residents in the north east as it will allow the organisation to provide its customers with the best possible service.

It is understood that the £155,000 move includes the installation of new carpets, office equipment and office furniture.

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