Care workers out of pocket as Portsmouth firm is forced to close

Pompey Home Care Ltd in Commercial Road Portsmouth which has closed.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141462-1) PPP-140528-203235003
Pompey Home Care Ltd in Commercial Road Portsmouth which has closed.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141462-1) PPP-140528-203235003
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CARE workers say they have not been paid after the firm they worked for went bust.

Pompey Homecare provided assistance to older and vulnerable people in their homes across Gosport, Fareham, Havant and Portsmouth.

But last Friday it closed due to a lack of money – making 36 carers redundant.

It also meant 39 people needed to find alternative emergency care.

Sarah Underwood, 37, of Toronto Road, Buckland, is owed £400.

She said: ‘I’m a carer for my husband too and I heard there might be problems.

‘I needed to find a new job because of my situation, so have now found new employment.

‘I got into the industry to care, sadly by the end of it I didn’t feel like they (Pompey Homecare) did any more.’

Sue Ault, 37, of Stratton Close, Paulsgrove, said she will have to wait at least six weeks before she gets paid.

She said: ‘This means two of my children have gone to live with my mum because I can’t afford to feed them. I have got a new job, but I’m down on money.’

The company is due to go into liquidation after it ceased trading last week.

Jeremy Knight, an insolvency practitioner dealing with the firm, said: ‘Pompey Homecare will be going into liquidation.

‘Working with the local authorities, we have found alternative care for those people being looked after.

‘The staff have been made redundant and not all of them have found jobs immediately.

‘This has happened because they have basically run out of money.’

Both Hampshire County Council and Portsmouth City Council said they have found new carers for people.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, who is in charge of adult social care for the county council, said: ‘As soon as we were informed by Pompey Homecare that it was going into liquidation, we sought immediate assurance that all county council clients would continue to receive the support they required until new home care arrangements were in place.

‘Assurance was given, and since Friday, all visits to our 32 clients have been undertaken by the new care provider, Lillyfields.’

Seven residents have been helped in Portsmouth.