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  1. Consultation launched over council Serco job losses

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Outsourcing firm Serco, which looks after Lincolnshire County Council’s IT and finance system, is set to cut up to 10 staff from its local team.

    Lincolnshire County Council

    It is understood that elements of the company’s 38-strong Lincolnshire Government Partnership team, which oversees IT infrastructure and support to users, are being outsourced to Microland, based in India.

    A company spokesperson said: “Serco delivers a range of services for Lincolnshire County Council including customer services, finance, HR, payroll and IT, employing 350 people.

    “We have started a consultation in process with the IT infrastructure function which is likely to have an impact on less than 10 roles, when concluded.”

    The county council’s partnership with Serco is worth £70m. However, the contract, which was set to end in 2020, was beset by poor performance and difficulties in configuring software.

    The authority fined Serco more than £2m for poor performance.

    Despite this, in October 2018 the council voted to extend the contract for the provision of IT, payroll, HR, customer services, exchequer services and adult care finance until the end of March 2022.

    Quote Message: Serco are currently reviewing how they deliver certain elements of the IT services provided to the council. Their aim is to create an improved service that better supports new, more flexible ways of working and provides better value for money." from James Drury Executive director of commercial at Lincolnshire County Council
    James DruryExecutive director of commercial at Lincolnshire County Council
  2. Lincolnshire's weather today

    The weather across the county should remain fair today, with only a very small chance of rain.

    The temperature won't improve much today, so it's a coat day!

    Weather forecast

    You can find out your latest forecast for today and beyond here.

  3. Officials hopeful Covid-19 infections will drop soon

    Covid-19 infection rates in Lincolnshire are expected to fall in the next few days, according to the county's health bosses - but they're warning now is not the time for complacency.

    Covid app

    The number of people who've died in Lincolnshire's hospitals since the start of the pandemic after testing positive for coronavirus stands at 431.

    Meanwhile, a total 242 patients with the virus are currently being treated in the county's hospitals, it's been confirmed.

    Officials say more testing is currently being carried out in the county than at any other stage of the pandemic and they're hoping the rates will begin to level out and drop.

    However, Andy Fox, a consultant on Lincolnshire's public health team, says they're still dealing with cases which began before the latest lockdown came into effect:

    Quote Message: We're doing more testing than that's positive. We've done over 20,000 tests in the last seven days and results are coming back quicker now. However, we have been finding more Covid - it's not just that testing is going up, the incidences of the disease is also going up." from Andy Fox Lincolnshire public health team
    Andy FoxLincolnshire public health team
  4. Search for county's new chief constable continues

    Scott Dalton

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Lincolnshire

    Fresh interviews in the quest to find Lincolnshire’s new chief constable are taking place today after the original search was shelved.

    Lincolnshire Police Headquarters

    Appointing Lincolnshire’s new top cop to take over from Bill Skelly is proving highly complicated.

    Paul Gibson was originally named by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Marc Jones as the preferred candidate for the job.

    That was meant to go before the Police and Crime Panel to be rubber-stamped, but that was then halted.

    The PCC said he was having to re-start the whole process due to what were described as "procedural problems" and the job was re-advertised.

    Whoever lands the job will be on a £143,000-a-year salary, with the preferred candidate due to be announced in the next few weeks.

  5. Lincolnshire's evening weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dry but cold night in Lincolnshire.

    Here's the latest forecast:

    Lincolnshire's weather
  6. Number of Lincolnshire Covid-19 patients more than doubles

    About 220 patients are currently being treated in NHS hospitals in Lincolnshire after testing positive for coronavirus - up from 95 this time last week, it's been confirmed.

    Pilgrim Hospital

    Since the start of the month, 46 patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus at hospitals run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT).

    That's 20% of the total number of Covid-19 deaths at the ULHT sites in Lincoln, Boston (pictured) and Grantham since the start of the pandemic, the trust says.

    Andrew Morgan, ULHT chief executive, says staff are feeling the pressure and the situation is far from over.

    Quote Message: We expected some increase, but obviously a rise of that scale does cause us operational complexities, hence the internal 'critical incident' we had over the weekend. They came out of it on Monday, but we are still under significant pressure at the moment." from Andrew Morgan Chief executive, ULHT
    Andrew MorganChief executive, ULHT
  7. Petrol car ban could see county 'left behind' - Councillor

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The councillor in charge of transport in Lincolnshire says hear fears the county will “be left behind” by the government’s plan to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK from 2030.

    Lincolnshire County Council

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a “green industrial revolution” on Tuesday in a bid to combat climate change and create 250,000 jobs in green energy industries.

    Announcing his plan, the prime minister said his 10-point plan "will create, support and protect hundreds of thousands of green jobs, whilst making strides towards net zero by 2050".

    However, Conservative county councillor Richard Davies has said: "We are a long way from ready here in Lincolnshire."

    Mr Davies says he agrees there is a need to develop sustainable and environmentally friendly modes of transport, but argues that “outside major cities, the infrastructure doesn’t exist”.

    "The real risk for rural areas, like Lincolnshire, is that we’ll be left behind," he warns.

  8. New walk-through Covid-19 testing site opens

    A walk-through coronavirus testing site has opened in Newark.

    Testing Station Sign

    It's at Castle House car park and is open from 08:00 until 20:00 each day.

    It's another option for people living on or near the Lincolnshire border who need to get a test.

    People are being reminded they must have an appointment to use the facility, though.

  9. Lincolnshire's Thursday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Sunny spells but with wintry showers at first, these becoming confined to the east.

    A drier afternoon as the showers moves off the sea.

    Cold with a fresh north-westerly wind, stronger near coasts.

    A clear, dry but cold evening.

    Into the night, cloud will increase from the west, albeit it will stay largely dry.

    A chance of drizzle in the west. Moderate westerly to south-westerly winds:

    Weather forecast
  10. More Covid-19 testing sites to open across Lincolnshire

    More coronavirus testing sites will open soon in Lincolnshire, it's been confirmed.

    Test site signs

    Currently, one is located at the Lincolnshire Showground and another at the University of Lincoln, as well as pop-up mobile clinics around the county.

    But Mark Garthwaite, from Lincolnshire Resilience Forum, says more fixed sites will be created in Skegness, Grantham, Gainsborough and Boston.

    He says: "The staff here have taken on a tremendous number of cases in their first week, but I think that more localised approach will give us a greater knowledge of where those cases are and what the issues are. That is a fantastic step forward for Lincolnshire."

    Building work will begin on the testing site at Gainsborough next week, Mr Garthwaite says.

  11. Police appeal to trace wanted man

    Have you seen this man who's wanted by police in Lincolnshire?

    Anthony Scott

    Anthony Scott, 45, is wanted for possession of a weapon and criminal damage, officers say.

    Anyone who has seen him is being asked to contact the Lincolnshire force.

  12. Over half of Lincolnshire Covid-breach fines go unpaid

    PA Media

    Over 50% of fines issued by police in Lincolnshire to people breaking coronavirus restrictions have gone unpaid, new figures suggest.

    Police officer writing a fine

    Lincolnshire Police issued 237 fines between 27 March and 31 September – of which 142 went unpaid within 28 days, according to data from the Criminal Records Office.

    That means 60% of all Covid-related fines issued by the Lincolnshire force went unpaid,

    Meanwhile, Humberside Police saw 88 out of 140 fines unpaid within 28 days – which is 63%.

    The figures have been revealed as police forces are told to resume handing out £10,000 so-called super-fines less than a week after a decision to suspend them.

    The total number of fines issued in England and Wales between 27 March and 21 September was 18,912.

    People who receive a coronavirus fine can appeal in the first instance to the police force which handed out the penalty, to try to get it withdrawn.

    In total, 293 fines issued between 27 March and 21 September in England and Wales were formally being contested.

    Quote Message: We have enforced the law as set by the government and Parliament. It is only right that fines are then processed in accordance with the law and we therefore encourage people not intending to contest a fine to pay it. If any individuals are concerned about why they have received a fine, they can raise it with the force which issued the FPN within the 28-day payment period. Once a fine is contested or unpaid the case will proceed to court." from Spokesman, National Police Chiefs Council
    Spokesman, National Police Chiefs Council
  13. Lincolnshire's Wednesday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be largely cloudy with patchy rain.

    However, clearer skies will approach from the west this evening.

    Brisk west to south-westerly winds.

    Tonight will be windy with clear periods for a time.

    Cloud cover will increase later in the night, bringing showers.

    Strong westerly winds, becoming north-westerly later on:

    Weather graphic
  14. Number of county's schools affected by Covid cases hits 95

    Five more schools in Lincolnshire have sent students home after pupils tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, it's been confirmed - bringing the total number of schools affected in the county to 95.

    2m sign in school

    Lincolnshire's Health Protection Team says it's working with the schools to limit the spread of the virus.

    Schools have sent home "bubbles" of staff and pupils who may have come into contact with anyone who tested positive for Covid-19.

    Yesterday, the Public Health Team said it was working with 90 schools across the county.

    It comes after the latest data showed that two areas in Lincolnshire were included in the top 25 districts with the highest infection rates.

  15. Millions saved in decade-long fraud battle - Council

    Almost £8m has been saved by Lincolnshire County Council's Counter Fraud team over the last decade, it's been revealed.


    Just in the last year, the team prevented the authority losing £1.5m in one fraud alone, according to the county council.

    It also recovered £114,000 of taxpayers' money.

    Members of the team deal with issues relating to fraudulent council tax and benefit claims, misuse of council resources and expenses by staff and also by outside sources attempting to steal taxpayer's cash, the council says.

    Quote Message: We have a duty to protect taxpayers' money and will not tolerate those who seek to defraud our residents." from Councillor Alexander Maughan Council Fraud Champion, Lincolnshire County Council
    Councillor Alexander MaughanCouncil Fraud Champion, Lincolnshire County Council