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Big Decent Homes jobs due to start

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THREE firms chosen to carry out one of the biggest deals under the Decent Homes programme expect work to start on site this summer.

Bullock, Keepmoat and Mears will share the spoils of a five-year deal in West Yorkshire worth between £320 million and £350 million.

The deal in Wakefield will involve revamping and looking after 32,000 homes that were transferred from the local council to a housing association in March.

Wakefield and District Housing has split the work into five sections. Bullock and Keepmoat have picked up two areas each while Mears has one.

The trio had their first meeting with the housing association earlier this month and more are planned before a start on the ground on September 1.

Last year five firms, including Keepmoat and Mears, picked up a £1 billion deal to revamp 55,000 homes in Sheffield - the largest Decent Homes package awarded so far.

nKeepmoat chairman Dick Watson said its turnover for the year to March 2005 will be £330 million.The firm, due to publish its annual results later this summer, expects turnover in 2006 to top £400 million.