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Lancashire County Council give staff two extra days off next year

Posted on - 17th December, 2020 - 3:42pm | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston News
County Hall in Fishergate Pic: Tony Worrall
County Hall in Fishergate Pic: Tony Worrall

Lancashire County Council have taken the decision to reward their staff for their hard work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has had a major impact on every part of the county council, and addressing the pandemic has meant that staff of the council in every team and section have had to step up and adapt.

This had meant flexibility over shifts, switching roles, picking up new and additional work and 24/7 working, as well as working in difficult and sometimes distressing circumstances with the most vulnerable people in the community.

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The staff of the county council have responded magnificently to the challenges, and it is proposed that they be thanked for their outstanding efforts.

The Leader of the County Council was asked to agree that all staff at the county council be recognised and rewarded for their work during the Covid Pandemic through:

i. An additional 2 day’s leave for the year 2020/21, pro rata for part time staff; and

ii. Free entry into a prize draw to win one of 12 prizes over the Christmas period.

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County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “We’re incredibly proud of the way in which our staff have risen to the challenges of coronavirus and have continued to support the people of Lancashire throughout the pandemic.

“The reward recognises this, and also allows us to say thank you to them for their efforts in continuing to deliver vital services in difficult circumstances.

“There has been a clear impact on many staff who have been dealing directly with the virus and its consequences due to the difficult and sometimes distressing circumstances they have faced working with our most vulnerable people.

“But all staff have been impacted in some way, and had to step up and adapt by being flexible over working times, switching roles, and picking up new and additional work.

“The reward also recognises that staff have worked extremely efficiently and effectively due to the urgent need to respond to the pandemic, and encourages everyone to consider their wellbeing after what has been a difficult year.”

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