KINGSTON Council has been caught giving almost £17,000 in ‘emergency response’ Coronavirus grants to care homes that haven’t been registered with the CQC for over eight years… and are almost 100 miles away.
At the height of the pandemic, Kingston Council issued a ‘Commitment to Care Homes’, which claimed that they had ‘increased the resources available to local care providers’.
Kingston Council went on to give £16,994 to three ‘Residential Care’ companies based in Colchester, Essex.
Not only were all three deregistered at the Care Quality Commission over eight years ago, but also all have active proposals to have the entities struck off at Companies House.
THF Care Estates Ltd, registered at Colchester Business Park in Essex, hasn’t been registered with the CQC since 2011, yet received a ‘COVID-19 Emergency Response Voluntary Grant’ from the Council of £6,022.
The same can be said for Grove Care Partnerships Ltd, also of Colchester Business Park, unregistered since 2012 and received a grant of £7,108, and Corich Community Care Ltd, also unregistered since 2012 and received a grant of £3,864.
The Council have refused to respond to requests for further information by Councillor Sharron Sumner on this scandal, including questions over what the money was given to the companies for.
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