STRIKE: Assurances over 999 services

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EMERGENCY services have issued assurances that 999 calls will be dealt with as usual today as staff join the planned day of industrial action.

Police, ambulance and fire and rescue services in Lincolnshire said they have been working together to ensure the impact of the strike on the safety of the public is minimised and that key emergency responses are maintained.

A joint statement reads: “Each organisation will be monitoring the impact of the day of action and making plans to ensure that there is as little disruption as possible.

“The priority will be to maintain the capability to respond to emergency calls and it is not anticipated that there will be a noticeable impact of this aspect of our service

“It cannot be ruled out however that other areas of service, such as dealing with non-emergency calls and non-urgent responses may be affected.”

Emergency staff will join millions of other public sector workers taking action in protest at Government proposals to change their pensions so they pay more, work longer and get less.

In Lincolnshire Police, this will include Police Community Support Officers, control room operators, custody assistants and town enquiry officers.

A spokesman said pre-booked leave would still be honoured but officers had been told a couple of weeks ago that no new requests for leave for today would be allowed.

It is hoped that police stations across the county will remain open as usual.

Today’s strike has also resulted in the closure of a number of schools.

The latest list of schools which have notified Lincolnshire County Council of their intention to close is below, but parents have been advised to check with their school:

Primary schools: Cowbit St Mary School, Deeping St James Primary School, Gosberton Community Primary School, Long Sutton Primary School, Market Deeping Community School, St John the Baptist Primary School, Spalding (partially open), Sutton St James Community Primary School,Swineshead St Mary’s Primary School,Pinchbeck East Church of England Primary School, Spalding Parish Church of England Day School,Whaplode Church of England Primary School,Wyberton Primary School, Moulton John Harrox

Secondary schools: Spalding High School (no lessons), Bourne Academy, Holbeach University Academy (George Farmer and Crowland St Guthlacs), Middlecott School, Kirton, Sir John Gleed School, Spalding, Deepings School (partially open), Thomas Cowley High School, Donington, Spalding Grammar School (partially open), Long Sutton Peele Community College, Bourne Grammar (partially closed)