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Firefighters enlisted to pick up slack from Carillion

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Oxfordshire County Council has taken over the running of services provided by Carillion following news of its liquidation.

The authority has contacted head teachers at affected schools, asking them to reassure their catering and cleaning staff that their roles are secure and that the county council will ensure staff are paid.

90
The number of schools in Oxfordshire who use Carillion to supply their school meals
250
The number of catering and cleaning staff employed by Carillion in the county
The construction company was employed to help supply and deliver school meals

The county council signed a 10-year contract with Carillion in 2012 to provide a range of services including the design and build of capital work such as building new schools and new classrooms.

Fire crews in Oxfordshire have been deployed to help pick up the slack

Alexandra Bailey, who is Director of Property Assets, Oxfordshire County Council, says the fire service is on standby to help deliver school meals for the children.