‘No effect on Bute’ as care group calls in administrators

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BUTE employees and clients of the troubled Choices Care group will not be affected after the firm went into administration this week.

The Livingston-based group, which provides supported living, home care and residential services to around eight hundred people with learning disabilities in Scotland and north-east England, called in the administrators on Thursday amid concerns over mounting losses.

But the group’s supported living division - which provides services to several clients on Bute, administered locally from an office at Bute Business Park in Rothesay - has been sold to Mears Care Scotland Ltd, and a spokesperson told us it was business as usual for both clients and staff as a result.

“Staff have been transferred, and the service is being maintained as before,” the Mears spokesperson told The Buteman.

“Mears has operated in Argyll and Bute for a number of years in the domiciliary and elderly care sectors, and we already have around one hundred staff in the area.

“The main concern for us is reassuring family members that they won’t see any difference in the services provided to clients.”