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Friday, 24 August 2012

Care for vulnerable adults secured by Cheshire East Council


Cheshire East Council has intervened to ensure care for vulnerable adults is secure after the collapse of a private care provider.

Abacus Care (Cheshire) Ltd provided home care services to 67 people in the Macclesfield and Wilmslow areas – some of which have their care paid for by Cheshire East Council.

Those who are paid for by the Council either arrange it themselves via a direct payment or have it arranged for them by the authority. The rest pay for their own care privately.

The Council is putting measures in place to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of these customers is protected. The aim must be to ensure that these people are transferred to alternative providers with minimal disruption to them.

Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “I was made aware of the issue some weeks ago. Our first priority is that all our residents are looked after.

“Vulnerable people come first with this Council.

“It is never good news when an organisation of this type gets into financial difficulties. I can reassure everyone in Cheshire East that we have worked very hard to try and resolve financial issues with Abacus Care (Cheshire) over the previous months.

“Unfortunately we are in this position and our priority must now be to reassure our vulnerable residents and ensure their needs are met.”

The company, which ceased trading at 5pm on Thursday, was part of a franchise of the national Abacus Care Ltd, which has 26 franchises in total.

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