Mystery over care contract

Coun Joe Pearson
Coun Joe Pearson

MYSTERY still surrounds the decision by domiciliary care provider Care UK to terminate its contract with St Helens Council early.

Town Hall chiefs last week appointed Housing 21 to take over the domiciliary care of around 250 clients across the borough - after Care UK ended its partnership with the council four months early.

Care UK’s operations manager, Linzi Sharman-Smith, was tight-lipped after the Reporter asked why the contract had been terminated early.

She said: “Although we have had frequent meetings and discussions with St Helens Council, and considered a number of alternatives, it has not been possible to reach a sustainable way forward that was satisfactory for both organisations.

“We have reassured the council that our commitment is to the safe transfer of the service so that there is a smooth transition for service users and carers whose well-being is at the centre of our concern. We are fully committed to working closely with the new provider to ensure a smooth handover.

“These arrangements include the opportunity for our 90 staff in St Helens to transfer from Care UK to the replacement provider. I would like to thank them for all their hard work and dedication.”

Last week Councillor Joe Pearson welcomed the transfer to Housing 21.

He said: “We’re delighted that a company with Housing 21’s excellent reputation is taking on this work and we look forward to working with them.”