Receivers probe childrens’ home accounts

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

Receivers are investigating a series of unexplained transactions in bank accounts of a private care home for children with behavioural problems, compelled to close after it ran out of money. Ashbourne House in Bristol, run by a company called Unity with Paul Hayles as director, employed 70 staff including care workers, teachers and administrators and cared for children with behavioural problems sent to it by councils from all over the country. The home closed when cash dried up. At the time of closure, Mr Hayles was on holiday in France. When tracked down by reporters from Bristol to where he is now living in France, Mr Hayles said he had quit the company and that the cash crisis was caused by lack of payments coming through from Bristol and Plymouth social services. However, when each of these councils were contacted by the reporters, they denied they were behind with payments to Ashbourne House. Graham Down, partner at receivers BN Jackson Norton, now in charge of the company said his firm was currently inv

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