A HOME care service which provides 300 hours of work per week across Clydebank has gone into liquidation – leaving an uncertain future for its 80 staff.

M&J Care provides around 27 full care packages with a number of smaller packages being offered to residents throughout the West Dunbartonshire area.

However, in an unusual step, the firm is expected to continue trading until all clients are transferred to other providers.

A West Dunbartonshire Council spokesman said it was working with the firm to ensure local residents were taken care of. He said: “We are currently in discussions with the business and the liquidator to ensure our clients continue to receive high quality care and we will provide alternatives where necessary.

“Staff will be contacting clients in the coming days to reassure them about their care.”

The Dumbarton-based accountant French Duncan was appointed as interim liquidator for the firm on July 25.

In a statement they said: “The company, which employs around 80 staff, provides personal care to some 300 individuals in their own homes within the West Dunbartonshire and Argyll and Bute council areas.

“The interim liquidator and her staff are working with the Care Inspectorate to ensure the care of the individuals receiving the service is not interrupted whilst the options for the business are considered.

“The company will, therefore, continue to trade whilst the options for the business are considered.”

The firm’s latest accounts from March of last year show they were £164,000 in the red, with debts of £360,000.

According to the group’s website its staff provide a variety of services to residents, such as respite, meal preparation, medication support and supported living.

It states: “M&J Care first opened its doors in 2008 as a small family business dedicated to providing high quality services.

“We have now grown into a leading care at home provider, delivering around 1,600 visits each week right across Argyll and Bute and west Dunbartonshire.”

M&J Care, which is based in Castlehill Road, refused to comment on the situation.