Staff voice anger over Somerset care home closure

Tyndale House

Staff at a Somerset care home slated for closure have revealed they have not been paid for a month. 

Carlauren Group, which runs Tyndale House in Yeovil, provided notice of the home’s closure on June 19.

A spokesperson for Somerset County Council told CHP that all of the home’s residents had been moved to alternative accommodation by yesterday (July 2).

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Care workers at the home have told the BBC, however, that they worked without pay last month in order to help with the care of residents until their relocation.

The staff staged a temporary sit-in at Carlauren’s Yeovil headquarters yesterday to demand their unpaid wages.

Carer Owen Towner said: “All they could say was they didn’t know where they could get the money from and if they could pay anything.”

Carlauren Group chief operating officer (COO) Andrew Jamieson said staff had been paid a third of the money owed them with the remainder to follow over the coming week.

The COO said the company had been forced into the home’s closure due to cash flow problems.

The challenges facing care home providers in Somerset were highlighted in last month’s BBC Panorama expose, Crisis in Care.

Carlauren Group has been contacted by CHP for further comment.

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