This would not happen in a private company:
The Old Bailey was told that a wall protecting a "lethal void" in a block of flats in Manor Park, east London, had been left in a dangerous condition for five months.And so a 13 year old boy fell to his death. Newham Council has been fined £125,000.
Six workmen called on five occasions but failed to carry out repairs.
Each time a workman had been sent, the job was not found or the wrong type of maintenance employee was sent.
So Newham tax payers had to pay for four wasted expeditions by workmen, plus a six figure fine.
If Councils must manage housing stock, they should employ no workmen at all. They should contract the work to private companies, which would have to pay the costs of sending the wrong workmen, and which would cease to get work if they didn't do the jobs in a timely and cost effective way.
But it would be far better if they did not manage any housing stock.