Cambridgeshire County Council has been told more than 150 people are looking for work following the collapse of a Huntingdonshire-based care provider.  

Beaumont Healthcare, which was based in Eaton Socon, near St Neots, held care contracts with the county council to help vulnerable adults in their homes.  

The UK’s largest union said staff were “sacked with immediate effect” with around 30 allegedly being “told to immediately clear their desks” last Wednesday (November 8).  

UNISON claims staff had already been “given 30 days’ notice that their jobs were going” on October 25 and Beaumont Healthcare has gone into liquidation, although this is not confirmed on the Companies House website. 

The remaining staff are understood to remain in post until the firm formally winds up on November 20.  

The union also warns some hold migrant work visas, which means they must now quickly find work with another employer that’s part of the sponsorship scheme. 

Otherwise, they could be deported with their families.  

Rob Turner, the union’s Cambridgeshire County branch secretary, said: “This is a terrible time for Beaumont staff.  

“They’ve given their all to the company and the people that rely on their care only to be suddenly told to clear out by the end of the day.   
“Many staff will be left penniless and even fearing for their future in the country.  

“There are tens of thousands of vacancies in social care, but it’s not easy to find an appropriate job with a sponsoring employer.   
“We could easily lose the skill and dedication of these care staff from Cambridgeshire and even the country.”  

UNISON says more than 150 elderly and vulnerable people received care from Beaumont. 

In a statement, Cambridgeshire County Council said it will “fast track any applications” to fill the vacancies.  

A spokesperson said: “Both the county council and the [Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care Board] have the appropriate licenses in place to take on local staff and overseas staff.”    

This publication has approached Beaumont Healthcare for comment.