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Cornwall Council to review day centre provision

A special panel is to be set up to investigate the provision of day centres for Cornwall's older people.

Cornwall Council said the single issue review panel was to reconsider the authority's relationship with private sector facilities.

It comes after about 30 pensioners gathered outside County Hall on Tuesday to protest at the possible closure of two charitable day centres.

The panel is due to report back to the full council by November.

Protesters said they were worried about the future of day care centres in St Ives and Penzance which are run by local trusts independent of the council.

At a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, councillors voted 67 to 31 in favour of setting up the panel to look into all aspects of adult social care, and day-care centres in particular.

The council cabinet member responsible for adult care, Armand Toms, said: "We will look into this and see what we can do better and smarter."

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