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Staff will be told on December 24

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 14, 2013

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STAFF working at two children's homes saved from closure are to be told on Christmas Eve whether they still have jobs.

To help cut its budget, Cornwall Council has already shut down three homes – Penelvan in Camborne, Pendean, in Liskeard and Homefield in Illogan.

Two remaining homes, Thornton House in Redruth and Kensey Valley in Launceston, are being changed into four-bed and two-bed homes, respectively, with the loss of 19 jobs.

The authority said young people previously offered residential care at the homes were now being helped in family or residential placements.

Its statement added: "A period of consultation with trade unions and with those staff affected by these changes is currently ongoing. There will be a reduction in the number of full-time posts required to staff Thornton House and Kensey Valley which will affect around 19 full-time equivalent posts."

The council said, there were currently a number of posts still vacant and it was pursuing redeployment in children's, schools and families' departments and the wider council.

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