Jobs at risk as Preston care firm folds

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A home care company has gone into administration threatening dozens of jobs, it is understood.

Elite Care Providers Ltd based in Preston provides care for people in their own homes across central Lancashire and Kirkham.

The company provided services for both private clients and local authority clients.

Today Lancashire County Council confirmed that it has found an alternative provider for its service users.

And angry staff have told how they have been left without pay and are seeking answers from the company following the announcement on Monday.

The Evening Post understands between 40 and 60 jobs have been affected.

One carer, who didn’t wish to be named, said: “Staff are at breaking point. They have bills to pay and kids to feed.”

Stephen Clarke who runs the company was unavailable for comment.

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “We were informed last week by Mr Clarke of his intention to put Elite Care Providers Ltd into administration and that care for service users would be withdrawn at midnight on Friday November 7.

“We were therefore obliged to find alternative care providers for the affected service users, which we did.

“Given our desire to ensure that money from the final payment due to Elite Care Providers Ltd goes to the company’s creditors, including its staff, we will make that payment to the account nominated by appointed administrators, as is usual practice. At present, no invoices are overdue for payment. At the same time, we are investigating concerns over Elite Care Providers Ltd administration of their account, and particularly concerns about possible changes to bank account details for payments.

“Our overriding concern is to ensure continuing high quality care for service users.”