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'Homes for staff' report finished

The report says senior staff and councillors should have known - but didn't

A review into the eviction of elderly people from sheltered homes and letting them to council staff is now complete.

Norwich City Council will discuss the report on Greyhound Opening on Wednesday but will not comment until after they meet, a spokesman said.

Phil Watson, CBE, former chief executive of Blackburn and Darwen Council compiled the report.

Council leader Steve Morphew and chief executive Laura McGillivray commissioned the review.

Residents had been told the Greyhound Opening complex was to be demolished but council staff moved in at very low rents.

When this became known, the staff were told to leave and head of neighbourhood and strategic housing services Kristine Reeves was dismissed without notice for bringing the council into severe disrepute.

The council said Ms Reeves "failed to see this as a conflict of interest or seek approval for this action".

Ms Reeves' manager, strategic director Suzanne McBride, had been made redundant before the affair came to light and was no longer working for the city council.

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