Bristol

Bristol care service privatisation plans to continue

An attempt by Labour councillors to stop the privatisation of home care services for the elderly in Bristol has been thrown out.

A full council meeting was held at the Council House on Tuesday night.

Dozens of care workers demonstrated outside the building, claiming their jobs were at risk.

The Liberal Democrat-run council says there will be no compulsory redundancies and that services can be provided privately for half the cost.

One worker, who did not want to be named, said job offers had been retracted.

The authority says all home care workers will have the chance to retrain and work in dementia care.

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