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Hundreds of people employed by Cambridgeshire County Council and its partners agencies will postpone their festive season to ensure people in the community enjoy the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Around the county, staff will be ensuring people are kept safe and well in their own homes, looking after the young and old in residential units and working to make the roads safe for any drivers who venture out.

Every day home care staff working on behalf of the county council provide thousands of hours of care to people in their own home – some people receive up to three visits a day, every day – and that will continue throughout the festive season.

In addition staff will be caring for hundreds of older people and those with disabilities or who cannot live with their family for variety of reasons, in residential and foster homes around Cambridgeshire.

Members of the County Council’s Emergency Duty Team will also be on call outside office hours and at weekends to help any individual or family in crisis or in need of Social Services assistance. The Emergency Duty Team can be contacted on (01733) 234724.

To protect drivers and passengers, thousands of tons of grit and salt have been stockpiled and drivers will be call around the clock ready to abandon the turkey and tinsel to grit hundreds of miles of road if temperatures plunge or snow falls.

Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, Councillor Nick Clarke, said: “I would like to wish everyone in Cambridgeshire a happy and safe Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

“I would also like to pay tribute to our staff and those in partner organisations working on our behalf who are highly professional and committed to ensuring that the people they support receive the highest standard of care all year round and that our roads are as safe as they can be – even during the festive season. When everyone else is at home enjoying a Christmas and New Year break much of the County Council is open for business as usual.”

The main County Council offices will be open on December 24, 27, 28 and 31 during the usual office hours and over the festive period Cambridgeshire’s nine household recycling centres will be open with their normal opening times except on Christmas Eve when they will close at 1pm. They will also be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.