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A care group providing services to about 800 people with learning disabilities in Scotland and north-east England has gone into administration, the BBC reports today.

Administrators were called in after Choices Care suffered continuing cash flow difficulties.

The Livingston-based group employs 1,400 staff and provides supported living, home care and residential services.

Administrators at Zolfo Cooper said services were continuing uninterrupted.

The supported living division has already been sold to Mears Care Scotland Limited, with about 500 staff transferring to their new employer with immediate effect.

Zolfo Cooper said the registered services and home care divisions would continue to trade as normal with a view to selling them as going concerns.

The administrators said they had already received inquiries “from a number of interested parties”.

All staff employed in the divisions would continue to be employed as normal.

Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health Jackie Baillie MSP said:

“This must be an extremely worrying time for those cared for by Choices Care, their families and staff.

“The SNP government must intervene to ensure arrangements are urgently put in place to ensure the continuity of care of all those currently cared for by Choice Care.

“This demonstrates that it is not just elderly care that is in crisis, but care services more widely.

“There is a fundamental issue that underlines why Choices Care has gone into administration. The SNP government and local authorities need to realise that if you want good quality services then they need to be properly funded.” Source: BBC.

This is the second major care group to go bust in a less than a month.

In July Southern Cross went under shut down after landlords owning all 752 of its care homes pulled the rug.

Help for Work Permit holders in fear of losing their status

The UK Border Agency is setting up new arrangements for skilled workers who came here under work routes, such as Work Permits, or schemes that have now closed, in order to extend their stay in the UK to a total of 5 years.

Cynthia Barker of Bison UK Immigration Advisers said:

‘This sad another blow for thousands of staff, particularly those on work permits, who will now have to find another Tier 2 Sponsoring employer, and Romanian and Bulgarian Yellow Card holders who now face a break in employment which could delay obtaining a blue card residence permit.

‘Southern Cross Work Permit holders from the Philippines have already been through the 2007 rule change ‘minimum salary’ turmoil, which saw many have to leave the UK or switch to student visas and caused many to suffer a break in their employment, which has made it more difficult to obtain indefinite leave to remain (ILR).’ 

If you are affected by the Care Choices or Southern Cross closures and need immigration advice or help finding a new employer, contact Bison UK on 0208 905 1822 or visit their offices. 

Despite high UK unemployment healthcare support workers or care assistants are still desperately needed by employers who cannot fill vacancies locally.With millions of British people unemployed and the country’s economy in the doldrums, in theory the care industry should have no problems in finding care or support workers for the 20,000 plus homes.  Full story…

See also:

Healthcare workers needed now

Southern Cross care home group to shut down

UK Border Agency announce rules to extend of stay for skilled workers in ‘closed’ work schemes

New ‘Yellow Card’ form causing confusion for Romanians and Bulgarians

BR1 Form for ‘Yellow Card’ Registration revised

New Tier 4 student visa rules now in force

If you are affected by the closure of any nursing home and need any immigration advice, or are worried about the new immigration rules, or need help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: or visit

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