Additional resources for Environment and Community services

Published Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Investments in services such as food safety inspections and business continuity planning has been agreed by the council’s Executive.

An additional £238k is being allocated this financial year to provide both temporary and permanent staff, supporting existing inspection work in food safety, with staff also being recruited to support work performance management and business continuity planning, plans which ensure services continue in the event of unforeseen disruption.  

“A lot has happened in the last 2 years which has changed the context in which local services are delivered and we are responding to this by making additional resources available in these much needed service areas, with our prudent budgeting approach enabling this additional carefully targeted spending.  Safety is important and so is maintaining the universal services we provide.  This will help ensure that our services continue to be delivered in the best and most efficient way going forward” said Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Safety.  

Additional food safety officers will be recruited so that the requirements that all food premises are inspected in line with the statutory guidance the Food Standards Agency have issued, with there being no envisaged backlog in these inspections.  The new contract monitoring performance unit will increase capacity and meet the growth in demand of customer enquiries generated by the council’s various streetscene and greenspace services and related contracts, with funding for business continuity to ensure that service planning is in place in all areas when unforeseen circumstances arise, including emergencies. 


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