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8:09am 12th December 2012

Officials insist scaled-back plans to privatise parts of Cornwall's frontline services will create new jobs.

It comes after Cornwall Council voted against a deal to outsource services like Council Tax, benefits and libraries to BT yesterday.

Instead, they backed a "slim venture" involving a small number of services like IT and payroll.

The move will see around 340 council staff moving to the company, along with 154 staff from Health, with the other 'customer facing' services continuing to be delivered by the Council.

County Hall says the option will enable the Council to work with health partners and BT to develop telecare and telehealth and achieve additional savings by further integrating health and social care services.

Proposing the reduced partnership option, Fiona Ferguson, the Council's portfolio holder for corporate resources, said it would still deliver substantial savings for the Council and create new jobs.

Adding that further work would now need to be done on developing the option with BT and health partners before the Council could go ahead with an Invitation to Tender, she said that this option was a good deal for Cornwall which would help protect services, save money and create jobs.

8:09am 12th December 2012

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