Unlike many council areas Rushcliffe has had little disruption to domestic waste services since the HGV driver shortage struck the industry.
Most residents feel positive about our refuse collection teams and their helpful and reliable performance.
A Road Haulage Association (RHA) survey of its members estimates there is now a shortage of more than 100,000 qualified drivers in the UK.
That number includes thousands of drivers from European Union (EU) member states who were previously living and working in the UK.
The payment will be discussed at a Corporate Overview Group meeting next week.
Meeting agenda notes state that some movement of money to reserves has been earmarked for ‘a £1,000 payment (per driver) to refuse HGV drivers totalling £27,000 given the unusual market conditions and demand for HGV drivers. In the first instance the Council will look to claim from COMF (Contain Outbreak Management Fund) funding.’
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Safety Cllr Rob Inglis said:
“Our Corporate Overview Group are set to discuss the investment in our waste staff to maintain the high performance and reliability of their service and the Council’s desire to retain them, part of a package of temporary solutions matched with longer term goals whilst the national market settles.
“Refuse and recycling collections are one of the key front line services the Council provides to our residents and the team rightly received many plaudits for continuing such vital services throughout the pandemic in challenging circumstances when waste and recycling tonnages substantially increased.
“The Council, like many others, has recognised the need to pay a market supplement payment as part of our overall package to our drivers as a direct result of the well published national picture of current HGV driver shortages and our Cabinet have approved the rationale for the payment via a Finance Update report earlier this month.
“We have recently carried out a successful recruitment campaign to attract new drivers and continue to invest in our own staff offering the opportunity to train up to become HGV drivers to offer continued resilience, as well as maintaining our own great team members.”