Oxfordshire carer support centres lose council funding

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Image caption Council officials say just 15% of carers use the current service

Plans to end funding of three centres offering support for carers in Oxfordshire have been approved.

Oxfordshire County Council will no longer fund independently run carer centres in Banbury, Oxford and Didcot.

The £243,600 saved would be re-invested into a range of care services, council officials said.

The move is part of an overhaul of the way the authority supports people who care for the elderly or disabled.

'Hope for staff'

The council say they want to raise the proportion of Oxfordshire's 60,000 carers who use their support services from 15% to 75%.

A new Customer Services Centre for carers, council-funded support workers plus "peer support" meetings will be set up in place of the centres.

Unison's Oxfordshire assistant branch secretary Barbara Harper said: "We're hoping there may be opportunities for staff at these centres.

"If that isn't the case I will be very, very disappointed."

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