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Monday 23 March 2020

Coronavirus employee update for Monday 23 March 2020.

A message to all our employees from Council Leader, Councillor Barry Lewis

I wanted to put pen to paper to say how proud I am to be the Leader of Derbyshire County Council, proud of our staff and proud of our residents who always pull together at times of crisis to ensure we will come out of the other side of this an even stronger community.

This is not the first time in the last 12 months I’ve expressed my pride when Derbyshire County Council employees have responded to a crisis – we’ve seen more than our fair share; Toddbrook Dam at Whaley Bridge, the floods in November that impacted on many communities and businesses, and the recent storms in February that saw even more impacts on residents. 

The Covid-19 global pandemic has arrived in our communities triggering the largest peacetime response ever mobilised – not just here in Derbyshire, or nationally - but globally.  All of our colleagues, and the public sector as a whole, are working incredibly hard to ensure we respond to this emergency in the best way possible.

I must say a huge thank you to all out there on the frontline including our social workers, care workers, teachers, classroom support workers, cleaners and indeed everyone that plays a vital role in keeping residents well and ensuring we are as safe as we can be.

We have welcomed the decision from a public health point of view to close all schools, but we know how challenging this will be for many parents and recognise the difficulties this will pose for many. We’re currently working closely with schools to do what we can around this situation, supporting their work to ensure provision is available for the children of key workers.

In uncertain times like these I know how important it is that you get the information you need, as quickly as possible. For the latest information I’d urge everyone to visit our employee website Our Derbyshire or ask your line manager for an update.

Thank you again for your support during this unprecedented situation.


Working from home

As you will be aware we’re arranging for people to work from home where it’s appropriate and agreed with line managers, which makes it safer for people who do need to come in to the office. 

To help reduce the impact this has on our IT network, we encourage you to take advantage of the expanded flexi time period to work at times that might not fit with the usual 9am to 5pm day. You’ll need to agree this with your manager but this can be particularly helpful to those of you currently looking after children due to school closures.

Please also remember to help keep DirectAccess performing well by following advice from the service desk about minimising the number of applications, files and tabs that you have open at one time.

Find more information about the interim changes to the flexi time scheme including the timesheet to use if you are going to work outside of 7am to 7pm.