Advice for colleagues

Latest update 3.30pm, 2 March

The Met Office have advised us that the weather is set to improve over the weekend and the snow will begin to thaw. Based on this information, we’re treating Monday as a normal working day, so all colleagues should make their way into work. Please speak to your line manager if you have any questions.

In case this situation changes, we recommend listening to media broadcasts, especially local radio, visit the Traffic Scotland website, follow @edintravel,  @Lothianbuses and Police Scotland on Twitter.

The professionalism and teamwork shown by colleagues across the Council to deal with the severe weather and continue to provide essential services has been exceptional. 

Update, 11 am, 2 March

Following a review of the latest information available, those colleagues that work in essential services are asked to make their way into work if it is safe to do so.  If you’re unsure if your role is essential, please speak to your line manager.

We’ve been advised that Lothian Buses will be running a Sunday service starting at midday today, which may assist with transport arrangements for those colleagues who need to get to work.

For non-essential colleagues the advice is that they should continue to work remotely today. If you have any concerns or issues, please contact your line manager.

Please remember, if you’ve been working from home or have been unable to get to work, you will not need to make up any time you take off by using flexible work arrangements, annual leave, flexi-leave, TOIL or unpaid leave.

We’ll ensure a further update is issued later today in readiness for next Monday.

Can we also take this opportunity to thank all members of staff for their hard work, support and commitment to ensure that we continue to maintain essential services, support vulnerable people and keep the city moving safely. 

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Update, 6.50am, 2 March

We’ve been liaising with the Met Office who have advised the amber warning will remain in place until 10am today. The Met Office are expecting a gradual improvement in the weather situation during today with snow showers starting to become slightly less persistent, with longer dry gaps in between. These will continue to create very difficult driving conditions at times, so there will remain the potential for further significant disruption in places. So we ask non-essential colleagues not to drive.

Lothian Buses are advising they will review their services at 9am this morning. We ask you to check Lothian Buses website and Twitter for updates. Scotrail have advised there will be no trains running this morning during their peak times and will advise more at 10am. Please check the Scotrail website for updates.

Update, 6.40 pm, 1 March

We wanted to provide clarification to those colleagues who were unable to make it into work, or worked from home to follow safety advice for non-essential services, on Wednesday 28 February.

You will not need to make up any time you take off by using flexible work arrangements, annual leave, flexi-leave, TOIL or unpaid leave. Please speak to your line manager if you have any questions.

Update, 3.25 pm, 1 March

We’re expecting weather conditions to remain challenging tomorrow. The Met Office amber warning will remain in place until 10am and Lothian Buses are considering whether they will be able to re-start services from 6am.

If they do, and you’re not impacted by closures, i.e. schools, libraries, etc, we would ask you to make every effort to come into work tomorrow.  

Should Lothian Buses decide not to re-start their services, we will revert to today’s arrangements and ask non-essential colleagues not to travel into work and continue to work from home, where possible. As ever, please speak to your line manager if you have any questions. 

Update 10.30 am, 1 March 

A red weather warning issued by the Met Office yesterday that applied until 10am this morning has now been lifted and has reduced to an amber warning, although this may change.

Having reviewed the latest information, non-essential colleagues are not expected to travel into work today and should continue to work remotely, from home. However, for those colleagues providing essential services they are asked, if it is safe to do so, that they make all efforts to attend work as normal, if possible. Please speak to your line manager to confirm if you’re required.  

As this situation is out of our control, and your safety is important to us, colleagues who are unable to make it into work, or work from home, will not need to make up any time you take off by using flexible work arrangements, annual leave, flexi-leave, TOIL or unpaid leave.

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