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Concerns over jobs as Allied Healthcare faces uncertain future

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ALLIED HEALTHCARE have began the process of a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) as local authorities are facing financial difficulties that are affecting local services, including social care.

With more than 80 community-based branches across the UK, and nearly 9,000 employees, roughly 200 of those in Pembrokeshire, staff will be facing uncertain futures, irrespective of reassurances.

As a result, Allied Healthcare are in discussions with some of the organisations that they work with on a daily basis.

They have assured employees that the process will ensure that their carer workforce are able to keep providing the best quality care to all of the individuals and families that they support. The plan is for this process to be finalised in the coming weeks.

Allied spoke of the significant funding pressures on their customers – local authorities and the NHS, and explained that they are currently working to address the short-term pressures facing the business and transition to a business plan that resolves these pressures.

They went on to suggest that following this, the business will be in good financial health, supported by a strong and sustainable business plan and ongoing investment in health and social care operations across the UK.

Allied Healthcare also insisted that it would not impact employment or payment of staff, adding that it was business as usual for Allied Healthcare and their employees.

A spokesperson for the company said:  “As with many independent providers in the UK health and social care sector, Allied Healthcare has been operating in a highly challenging environment for a sustained period of time, which has placed pressure on the company.

“As a result of these challenges, Allied Healthcare has submitted a proposal for a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) to its creditors for their consideration, as part of a prospective business plan that will ensure safe continuity of care across our UK-wide operations, place the company on a sustainable long-term footing, and maximise repayments to creditors.

“The proposed CVA will not impact on the safe continuity of care that Allied Healthcare provides across the UK.

“Under the CVA plan in consideration, there would be no redundancies or branch closures as a result of its implementation.

“Allied Healthcare will continue to trade safely and it remains business as usual for Allied Healthcare employees and customers.”

A CVA allows a company with debt problems or that is insolvent to reach a voluntary agreement with its business creditors regarding repayment of all, or part of its corporate debts over an agreed period of time.

The application for a CVA can be made by the agreement of all directors of the company, the legal administrators of the company, or the appointed company liquidator.

Allied Healthcare have written to all clients to let them know that they will continue to receive the same level of care and their care plans will not change.

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Tenby: Discarded BBQ on beach burns feet

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COASTGUARDS in Tenby have asked people to safely dispose of their barbecues after a beachgoer suffered burns to their feet while on North Beach.

Coastguards were alerted to assist a casualty at 5:40pm on Wednesday (22 May).

The casualty was located in Castle Square.

The casualty was given first aid in before being taken to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen for further treatment.

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Milford Haven: £40,000 benefits fiddle admitted in Crown Court

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A MILFORD HAVEN woman has this afternoon admitted fiddling almost £40,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

Elizabeth Haines, aged 59, of Cromwell Heights, kept quiet about her savings and investments which put her over the allowed limit.
Haines appeared at Swansea Crown Court via video link with Haverfordwest magistrates’ court for a plea and case management hearing before Judge Geraint Walters.
She admitted failing to notify Pembrokeshire County Council and the Department for Work and Pensions that she had the capital and received £39,281 in housing benefit, council tax relief and employment support allowances between April 2012 and November 2016.
Judge Walters agreed to sentence Haines on June 19 to allow a probation officer time to prepare a report on her.
Judge Walters said the starting point was a jail sentence but other options could be considered.
Haines was granted bail meanwhile.
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Behave or Be Banned scheme returns to tackle disorder

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Dyfed-Powys Police is working with licensees across the region to relaunch Behave or Be Banned (BOBB) – a scheme which sees people banned from pubs, clubs and bars for bad behaviour.

The scheme re-launches in time for the bank holiday weekend (May 25) and Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) across the force area are closely linked with businesses to reduce violence and disorder in pubs and clubs.

Chief Inspector Mark McSweeney said: “BOBB is an effective tool to help prevent, reduce and combat alcohol-related offences within communities.

“If anyone is arrested for a crime of violence, disorder or anti-social behaviour in licensed premises, or after leaving a licensed establishment in the Scheme, they will be banned from not just that licensed premises, but all licensed premises that display the Behave or Be Banned sign within the area.

“The message is simple – Behave or Be Banned!  In addition, if someone is a persistent nuisance for a licensee but their behaviour doesn’t merit arrest, licensees can also put them forward to receive a ban from all licensed premises.”

Problem customers are banned not just from the one pub but all those in the area that have signed up. It also tackles underage drinking and the use and supply of drugs.

Mr McSweeney added: “BOBB works.  It is not uncommon to see people being more concerned about whether they can get into a pub with their friends than they are about being arrested.

“Licensees will not tolerate anti-social behaviour in their premises and BOBB keeps such people out, making it safer and more enjoyable for everyone else.”

Dyfed-Powys Police’s summer campaign – #EnjoyDPP – encourages people to enjoy what the area has to offer, safely and with respect for others.

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