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AXEING OF SERVICE WILL HIT COUNCILS

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The Association of County Councils wants to meet with ministers over Benefits Agency plans to axe the emergency out...
The Association of County Councils wants to meet with ministers over Benefits Agency plans to axe the emergency out-of-hours service.

A leaked letter had revealed the service would cease at the end of September as part of an efficiency drive. ACC social services committee chairman Jack Bury warned that calls for help will swamp social services departments if the service closes.

'Councils might not be able to cope,' he said. 'It will cost them millions at a time when social services budgets are already at breaking point.'

A Department of Social Security spokesman said the request for a meeting would be considered but said the document to which the ACC was responding 'did not convey the full picture'.
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