Staff drive 4x4s for winter

Nottinghamshire County Council trained its care staff to drive 4x4 vehicles to make sure the elderly got their meals on wheels when it snowed.

Last year staff looking after vulnerable people in their own homes struggled to get around during the heavy snowfall, so this year the council decided to send them out in 4x4s.

Mick Murphy, cabinet member for community safety, said: “We are working hard to make sure that critical front line services such as home care provision are available to people that need them the most.

“Staff who drive 4x4 vehicles have the added advantage that they can access most of the county even when the weather is severe. The practice lessons will ensure they are prepared for this and will enable services to continue.”