Humberside

Hull community centre to close as company is liquidated

A community centre in Hull which provided services for vulnerable adults and children has been closed.

Ings Resource Centre has shut after the company which ran it, Springsboard Ltd, went into liquidation on Friday.

The company said a financial deficit and lost funding sources was the cause of the closure.

Hull City Council (HCC) said it was unable to provide the centre with any future funding.

'Financial irregularity'

The company said it had been encouraged to expand its services and staff two years ago, but the businesses did not reach anticipated levels, causing a financial deficit which could not be reduced.

The centre also lost funding following accusations of "financial irregularity" which independent reviews by the council's auditors and Humberside Police revealed to be unfounded.

Springsboard said: "As a result of this damaging publicity various funds were withdrawn and this together with lower activity levels than promised in new sectors resulted in the company experiencing shortfalls in its funding requirement."

HCC said Springsboard had approached it for 12 months worth of funding.

Service provision

"We have a responsibility to ensure that public money is being managed appropriately and we had been awaiting further information from their accountants," it said.

"However, this information was not provided."

The council said its priority was to "focus on the needs of the community" and alternative care for the vulnerable adults who used the day centre had been arranged.

Councillor Allen Healand, whose ward includes the centre, said: "The amount of resources they have been providing at the Ings centre has been extensive.

"It is one of the most active resource centres in the city and in many ways one of the mot successful ones in terms of the quality of the provision provided."

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