Provider ran-up massive rent bills

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Coverage Care Gloucestershire, the not-for-profit trust in charge of Gloucestershire’s care provision from 1991 to 2005, ran up an estimated £13 million in unpaid rents, according to the new Conservative administration at the council. The amounts were owed as rent to the council on council-owned care home properties, and the previous Labour and Lib Dem administration had refused to disclose the amounts. Coverage Care was initially given eight years rent free on the 21 homes so that it could stabilise its position, but at the end of that period it was still unable to pay the rent, blaming low levels of government funding for the situation. In a statement the council said: “It is the current administration’s view that, with hindsight, it would have been a less costly transfer of provision had the previous administration acted sooner to address the difficulties encountered by Coverage Care. “That is, acting two or three years earlier would have saved some £3 million of rent arrears being paid off.” Coverage Ca

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