County council sets up adult care company

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Bucks County Council (BCC) is to set up its own company to provide adult social care services.

BCC’s cabinet this week approved plans for setting up Buckinghamshire Care, a local authority trading company, which is expected to begin trading in October.

The company will initially provide day services, respite, employment and vocational services and laundry services, plus a new re-ablement service for people who need short-term care to regain their independence.

BCC says the company will operate completely independently but be entirely owned by BCC, meaning any profits made can be directly invested back into council services.

People who receive Direct Payments, who are currently prevented by law from purchasing services directly from BCC, will be able to buy from the new trading company.