Residents removed after care concerns

Five people with learning difficulties have been removed from a residential home by Leicestershire Council because of concerns about their care.

The council said the five, who have now been re-housed at a council-run home, were taken from the privately-run Earl’s Court home in Hinckley, where they had been placed by the authority. It said the move followed concerns by staff who said they were
understaffed and often did not have enough money to buy sufficient food for the residents.

Staff also recently staged a sit-in protest at the home because they claimed they had not been paid in full by owner Babu Gokani.

Gokani could not be contacted, and his own home on the outskirts of Leicester is empty.

An inspection by the Commission for Social Care Inspection this summer found the amount of money allocated for food needed to be reviewed, the acting manager had insufficient support to run the home effectively and staff found the owner hard to contact.

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