Extra day off for Nottinghamshire County Council staff who battled through pandemic


Staff at Nottinghamshire County Council are to get an extra day’s holiday in recognition of “their significant and continued contribution to the council’s response and recovery to the Covid-19 pandemic”.

Announcing the proposal, Nottinghamshire County Council leader Councillor Ben Bradley MP spoke of the “amazing work” undertaken by council staff during the pandemic.

He said: “I have heard amazing stories of staff going above and beyond the call of duty. Social workers working seven days a week and staff giving up their weekends to man testing and vaccination centres.

“I want re-iterate our thanks to all our staff and I hope the token of appreciation off will give them a chance for a day of calm or to get out and do whatever they choose to do.

“It is hoped that this gesture goes some way to expressing the council’s gratitude to its workforce who have responded so well to the challenges presented.”

The one-off holiday will be classified as “recognition leave” so employees will be reminded of why they have been given this when they book the time off.

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The report which went to the council added: “It is recognised that many employees had to carry forward significant amounts of leave because they were unable to take it in the previous leave year when they were responding to the pandemic.

“Therefore, employees will be given flexibility around when they can take this day off and will be able to take it up to March 31, 2024.

Supporting the proposal, Councillor Gordon Wheeler, representing West Bridgford west, said: “They are wonderful staff, a great workforce and we value them and ant to look after them.”

Several councillors praised the council staff and paid tribute to their hard work, while others expressed concern that more could not be done.

Councillor Jim Creamer, Carlton West, said it was “a shame” that more could not be done to reward staff and Councillor Neil Clarke, Bingham West, paid tribute to the council’s call centre handlers who had fielded “thousands and thousands” of calls during the crisis.

The motion was supported unanimously across the floor but Labour councillor Kate Foale, representing Beeston Central and Rylands, said: “We are happy to support this but it is not a substitute for decent pay and we must do more to rectify this.”

The report said that there was no direct cost to the council as “annual leave is funded from within existing staffing budgets”.



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