Care firm goes into administration
A care firm offering support to hundreds of vulnerable people has gone into administration.
Choices Care, which operates in Scotland and the north-east of England, employs about 1,400 staff and helps around 800 people with learning difficulties.
Administrator Zolfo Cooper has already sold the supported-living arm of the business, which has 500 staff, to another company, Mears Care Scotland.
The other parts of Choices Care will continue to trade "as normal" while buyers are sought.
Peter Holder, partner at Zolfo Cooper, said: "The key aspect all along in this process has been to ensure that services continue to be provided to all users without interruption.
"We are extremely pleased therefore to have agreed a swift sale of the supported living business, and wish all parties concerned well in their respective futures as they continue to provide services to users.
"Our focus is very much on securing a suitable buyer for the remaining businesses. We have already received a number of inquiries from interested parties and would welcome further expressions of interest. In the meantime we will continue to ensure that service users experience no disruption to the quality care they are accustomed to."
A call centre has been set up for service users, who can call 0141 358 8625 if they have any concerns.
A Scottish Government spokesman said: "We understand all Choices Care services are continuing and that new operators are in place for its supported-living business.
"We welcome the company's efforts to secure a suitable buyer for the remaining part of the business. The immediate priority must be to maintain continuity of care throughout this process."