DISABLED and vulnerable people who have been helped to find a job they love could face shattering disruption - following the Royal Borough's decision to end its contract with the Ways into Work community interest company.

That is the warning from the Managing Director of the Ways into Work community interest company, which specialises in helping people with a disability to return to work.

The council aims to save £166,000 over the next year by terminating its contract with Ways to Work - transferring its responsibilities to an 'in house' team at Optalis, a local authority trading company serving Windsor, Maidenhead and Wokingham.

Ways into Work's MD Becky Beechen warned councillors at the meeting that the authority's Adults, Children and Health Overview committee on Wednesday that the change could end up costing them more - if it led to disabled people no longer having jobs they loved.

She said: "We support 247 people in the Royal Borough and 168 are in work. We are talking about thousands of relationships built up over years. It is difficult to understand how you can think the service won't be affected."

After the meeting she said that Ways into Work worked personally with employers and employed - often going into the workplace to help. She could not see how that level of support could be maintained.

The Royal Borough is under financial difficulty and its level of reserves are low. It plans to make almost £6million worth of cuts in the coming year.

It plans to make savings by focussing youth and early years services into two family hubs with universal services no longer being available on a 'drop in basis' in a variety of venues.

Cllr Catherine del Campo (Liberal Democrat: Furze Platt) warned that many people had hidden problems that were often only picked up on when people used 'drop in' facilities.

But Cllr Stuart Carroll (Conservative: Boyn Hill) - cabinet member for social services - said that the council's aim was not to reduce services but to change the way things were done.

He said: "It is a difficult nut to crack. We are going to have to do some policy thinking.

"It is not a question of removing services but doing things differently. We can't get into a situation of just continuing in the same old way."