Falkirk Council's boss says thanks to staff

Falkirk Council chief executive Kenneth Lawrie has paid fulsome tribute to the authority’s many employees for their “outstanding” work during the coronavirus crisis.

By Roy Beers
Sunday, 29th March 2020, 12:14 pm
Updated Sunday, 29th March 2020, 12:14 pm

He has thanked employees for working tirelessly to keep services going at a time when lives have been changed out of all recognition, commenting: “I could not be prouder to be part of this organisation.”

Mr Lawrie said: “As you will appreciate, coronavirus is putting a strain on several of our essential services.

“To help relieve some of the pressure we’ve launched a volunteer scheme within the council.

Kenneth Lawrie, chief executive of Falkirk Council

“Everyone has an important role to play and we will need extra support over the coming weeks.”

He added: “I also want to take this opportunity to say thank you to those of you working on the frontline.

“Whether that's looking after our sick and vulnerable, keeping medicines stocked up, our tenants' heating and lighting on, and getting food on the table of those most in need, your continued commitment provides a lifeline to our communities.

“To those working in our education hubs, you are protecting our vulnerable children, enabling the police, ambulance, fire and rescue and other emergency services to keep us safe and allow our healthcare professionals to focus their time on fighting coronavirus.”

Meanwhile he stressed that a “vast” number of services are still being delivered, from necessary housing repairs to refuse collection, providing free school meals and supporting local firms – to name just a few.

He acknowledged that some workers have even set up offices in their own homes to continue work, while also looking after their children, adding “You are all doing an amazing job in extremely difficult circumstances.”

Those who are self isolating or sick should follow NHS guidance, visit the council’s employee page and take time to rest and recuperate, he said, adding “your health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance”.