Laura Sharman 21 December 2016

County ends contract with care provider following service concerns

A number of social care services are to be brought back in-house by Buckinghamshire County Council after it ‘lost confidence’ in care provider.

The council has terminated its contract with Buckinghamshire Care Ltd due to concerns over the company’s financial management and quality of service.

Frontline staff will transfer over to the council to avoid disruption to service users, and the council stressed no services were under threat of closure.

Wendy Mallen, the council’s deputy cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: ‘Due to a number of operational issues related to service quality and financial management Buckinghamshire County Council has terminated its contract with Buckinghamshire Care Ltd, which provides several social care services in the county.

‘The council has lost confidence in the company's ability to deliver services to the high standards it expects and feels that it is in the best interests of both service users and staff to bring the services back 'in-house' until a longer term solution is found.’

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