Minimal disruption in Grantham as public sector strikes get underway today

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Public sector strikes are going ahead across the UK today (Thursday), with some action being taken in Grantham.

Some members of Unison, GMB, Unite, Fire Brigades Union and the National Union of Teachers are walking out over a series of disputes with the Government over pay, pensions and cuts.

According to Lincolnsire County Council only one school in the area is closed as a result, and that is Belmont Primary School, in Harrowby Lane.

Over at the offices of South Kesteven District Council it is business as usual with no staff members walking out on strike.

Some services are affected at Lincolnshire County Council, although staff in adult social care and children’s services are exempt.

LCC executive director Debbie Barnes said: “As a responsible authority we have been making plans for this industrial action for many weeks, and have agreed service exemptions with the trade unions to ensure that vital life and limb services are maintained.

“We have also put plans in place to minimise any disruption to other council services including a restriction on annual leave for the proposed day of strike action, and have asked managers to plan services around possible reduced staffing levels.

“We have advised schools that if they will be without staff they have to consider whether they have adequate cover to ensure the safety of children – this will determine whether they should close or partially close for the day or remain open. Schools that are closing should be informing parents and carers as soon as possible so that they can make arrangements for their children.”

Firefighters based at Grantham Fire Station are also on strike today. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s chief fire officer Dave Ramscar said plans are in place to ensure emergency responses to incidents.

He said: “Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has plans in place to ensure that we continue to provide an emergency response within the county. We accept that any planned industrial action will impact on our ability to deliver business as usual, but we are confident that the implementation of our plans will enable us to continue to answer 999 calls and to respond to incidents as quickly as possible.

“We continue to remind people to take care when going about their daily business, and that there is further safety advice available on our website and on Twitter @lincsfirerescue.”