Bute care company loses out on new contract

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A BUTE-BASED care company has missed out on the award of a new contract to provide council-approved services.

But the owner of the company in question, Rothesay-based Careplus, which employs 49 people on Bute, says the news doesn’t mean the future of the firm is under threat.

Ian Culley told The Buteman that the new Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Bill - currently making its way through the Scottish Parliament - would mean that members of the public who need care will be able to choose the provider for themselves under a new ‘direct payments’ system.

“From January, Careplus keeps all the support it has - unless the person receiving the support wishes to change - for a further year,” Mr Culley said.

“But by January 2014, we will not be one of the three ‘preferred providers’ for local authority contracts.

“However, Careplus has no intention of going away. It’s open to any company to go down the direct payments route, and we will become an advocate of people deciding for themselves who they want to provide support.”

* More on this story in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from November 29.