Erewash Borough Council is expected to confirm its receipt of £100,000 towards the ongoing public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A report going to the council’s Executive next week (9 June) says the funding has been provided by Derbyshire County Council, which has also awarded grants to the other districts in the county, to support the public health response in the event of a localised or wider outbreak of COVID-19 in the community or in workplaces.
Erewash will use the funding to recruit an Environmental Health Officer on a temporary contract to support the team in its COVID-19 work, including reacting to any outbreak, helping trace contacts and making sure that local businesses are following COVID-19 regulations.. In addition, the post holder will be able to help maintain other environmental health duties, from food safety inspections and food business advice through to responding to food outlet complaints.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“Erewash continues to work together with all our partner councils in Derbyshire to ensure we remain on alert to respond to COVID-19 issues. This funding is vital to enable us to recruit an additional Environmental Health Officer for nearly two years. The pandemic has been a busy time for our team, which is already investigating suspected workplace-related outbreaks of COVID-19. Since March last year, more than 350 such requests have been investigated in addition to nearly 400 other enquiries not related to the virus.”
The meeting of Council Executive is at Ilkeston Town Hall on Wednesday 9 June at 10.30 am.