Central Beds Council said that while it is working to minimise disruption to local services arising from the strike action, particularly those which protect the public and support vulnerable people, residents should be prepared for some level of disruption.
Services such as leisure centres, pest control and bin collections, which are operated by contractors, will continue as normal and it is anticipated that appointments for things like registering births and deaths will not be affected. Residents with appointments will be notified if this changes.
Some services, including the council’s customer contact centres, may be subject to delay and residents may want to consider getting in touch with the council another day if their query is not urgent.
Schools in Central Bedfordshire will have their own procedures in place and will contact families directly to let them know about any full or partial closures. Schools will also notify the council of any closures and that information will be regularly updated on the website at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk from 5pm on Wednesday (July 9). Parents and carers can sign up for updates on school closures by going to www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/schoolclosures and following the instructions on the ‘register for updates’ tab.
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The council will be regularly updating its website with details of how the strike action is affecting services and will also be posting messages on social media. For the latest updates go to www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/strike, @letstalkcentral on Twitter or www.facebook.com/letstalkcentral