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Council staff shortages due to Covid have impacted services

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Bin collections are among the South Lanarkshire Council services to have been impacted by staff shortages due to coronavirus.The authority has said it is dealing with "high levels of Covid-related absence", and that staff are working hard catch up with the impacted routes.Social care and education are also described as being "under pressure".The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android Kay McVeigh, who is South Lanarkshire's head of personnel services, told how the council was being affected “like all employers“.She said: “Our employees are stepping up to cover essential services, but it is inevitable that we’ll have some gaps while case numbers are so high.“Social care, education and waste remain under pressure at present but are being managed.

Our thanks go out to our fantastic workforce who have gone that extra mile to deliver vital services.”Residents are being advised that if no bins in their street have been emptied, they should be left out and crews will get to them as soon as possible.Should the situation worsen and more changes be needed, council officials will let residents know as quickly as possible; while changes to routes mean residents must ensure bins are out before 7am on collection day.Any further disruptions to bin collections can be found here.

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