The Vale of Glamorgan Council has announced it is terminating its contract with the care agency “Gabriel’s Care Ltd” which provides care at home for people in the eastern part of the Vale.
The council claims the company is in breach of its contract terms and the firm has been advised the contract is to terminate on May 31st 2016 and that arrangements are being made for other care companies to step-in to replace Gabriel’s Care Ltd
Meanwhile Gabriel’s is said to be “disputing” the decision to terminate. However the council says it can still proceed with terminating the contract – even if that action is disputed – so as to ensure that “plans to safeguard vulnerable people are in place”.
The registered manager of Gabriel’s Care Ltd has been de-registered by the Welsh care watchdog the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
The council says that those people to whom Gabriel’s has been providing care services – and who may be “anxious and upset about the changes to their care provider” are being re-assured by council staff.
The Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council says Gabriel’s care staff were employed on “zero hours contracts” and, because of that, it’s not been possible to “allow for continuity of carer” ( i.e. have the same person continue to look after the client who is used to them – but under a difference care company ).
The Vale Council has not explained why it enters into commercial contracts with firms which employ staff on zero-hours contracts.