Councils to revamp joint housing vacancy website

A group of East Anglian local authorities has appointed a supplier to rebuild a shared web platform for allocating social housing.

Abritas has won the £660,527 contract to revamp the Home-Link website and software on behalf of the councils in Cambridgeshire and West Suffolk.

Home-Link provides a single point of access for prospective tenants to register for housing, find information and express interest in properties.

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According to tender documents, the service will include software package and information systems, website design, plus web server software and web page editing software development.

The five year contract will run from April next year until the end of March 2021, with the option to extend by increments of one year for three years.

The seven councils are South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridge City Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Fenland District Council, Forest Heath District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, and St Edmundsbury Council.

Abritas beat off three other companies who tendered for the contract, the councils revealed.

It claims to be the largest supplier of web-based housing software solutions in the UK, used by more than half of local authorities in England.

Colin Marrs

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