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Message from Executive Director, Emma Alexander 9 October 2020

9 October 2020

This past week has seen some significant increases in the numbers of coronavirus cases across the country, particularly in the north-west and the north-east of England.

In Derbyshire we are not immune to this increase and although the number of cases we have are starting from a lower base, we are nevertheless seeing some significant increases in numbers of cases across the county.

I know some of us are getting a little weary of the restrictions in our lives. However, it is so important that we all continue to be vigilant and control our contact with others. It is social contact which causes the virus to spread and so we all need to follow the rules to both help ourselves but also everyone else – particularly those more vulnerable to the serious consequences of Covid-19.

Despite the focus on the current emergency caused by the coronavirus, we have recently had the opportunity to celebrate the excellent team-working across the council which took place last year when dealing with the emergency at Toddbrook Reservoir last August and the widespread flooding last November.

Our teams from emergency planning, highways, adult social care, children’s services, communications, Call Derbyshire, finance, policy, regeneration and many more besides, all sprung into action for both of these emergencies and provided amazing assistance and support to our residents and businesses who were affected by both of these events. This was such a great effort that we decided to submit an entry into the MJ Awards for Best Council Services Team and on Friday 2 October we were announced as the winners.

It is a fabulous achievement to win such a prestigious national award and my thanks go out to all those who were involved in responding to these two emergencies. The real prize is how we pull together in difficult times to respond to the needs of our residents but it is really heart-warming to have external recognition of you, our staff, and all that you have done.

It is great to have something we can celebrate together during such difficult times as these. Receiving this award also confirms what I think we already know – that we will continue to deliver amazing services and support to our residents during this pandemic. It is what we do day in day out: you continue to demonstrate that commitment to your roles, each other and the communities that we serve. Thank you.