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Job fears for council care staff

Carers in Warwickshire are at risk of losing their jobs as the county council has announced plans to transfer its home care service to private companies.

The council said up to 300 staff could be affected although up to 60 would be redeployed within the council.

A council spokesman said budgetary pressures meant it had to make £2.6m savings in its adult home care.

Some carers have criticised the council for not keeping them informed about the changes, which the council denies.

The council spokesman said it was in close contact with trade unions over the matter.

Graeme Betts, strategic director for adult, health and community services, paid tribute to the in-house home care workers and said every effort would be made to help with redeployment.

"Our priority now is to support our customers and staff during the transition period," he said.

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