The administrators of Allied Healthcare, a care home business supporting 13,000 people around Britain, have instructed CAPA to audit 125 properties across the company.
CAPA will be conducting full property and accounts payable audits across the sites, after PwC were appointed as administrators in November 2018.
An employer of more than 8,000 staff, with over 80 branches across England, Scotland and Wales, as well as a subsidiary in Ireland, Allied Healthcare has been one of Britain’s largest care home operators for the elderly and disabled since 1972.
However, the business has suffered from severe financial challenges in the past two years, posting a loss of £1.3m for the year to December 2017. Allied Healthcare also undertook a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) earlier in 2018, but its funding problems persisted for the rest of the year.
On November 30 Anthony Barrell and Zelf Hussain of PwC were appointed administrators but in the weeks before their appointment, local authorities had already started to take steps to find new care home providers for residents.
PwC has now instructed CAPA to conduct the full property and accounts payable audits on the 125 sites.
Auditors will use bespoke software to carry out a forensic analysis of utility bills, service charges and rates paid out at each site. The team will look to uncover multiple elements such as errors or anomalies in the costs, before recovering the sums for Allied Healthcare’s creditors.
The team will also inspect data on invoices paid out at each site, to discover any further ‘overspend’ which can also be recovered the creditors.