20 home carers’ jobs to be lost

AGE Concern has scrapped its home care service for elderly and vulnerable people in Calderdale and Kirklees.

It is understood that about 20 care workers will lose their jobs.

The charity has apologised for the decision which it says has been prompted by a review of the costs involved.

The chief executive of Age Concern Calderdale and Kirklees, Tim Swift, said: “After careful consideration, the Board of Trustees decided that it was not possible to deliver the home care contract in the way we wanted.

“We have reached an agreement with Calderdale Council that we will terminate the contract, and it will be reallocating the work to other home care providers.

“We are working closely with the council to make sure that every service user is properly informed, and that no one’s care is compromised during this period.”

It is understood that about 70 individuals will be affected.

Councillor Swift said it was important to emphasis that none of Age Concern’s other services in Calderdale, such as our day services, practical tasks and the Choices Centre at Woolshops, Halifax, are affected.

Calderdale Council’s head of service, Mick Mellors, said: “Our priority is to ensure that there is minimum disruption and worry to the people who have been receiving home care services from Age Concern.

“Everyone is being contacted to have the position explained to them.

“We are currently working with Age Concern and with other organisations to make sure that people continue to receive the home care they need.”

*The Courier reported this week how Ark Home Healthcare has moved into Calderdale with the purchase of the home care divisions of Anchor Trust.

Eighty existing Halifax-based Anchor care staff have transferred to Ark and the company plans to create another 50 jobs locally.