York could be the only place in UK opening libraries

Cllr Sonia Crisp and Victoria Pierce unroll a new beginning for York Explore Libraries and Archives

Cllr Sonia Crisp and Victoria Pierce unroll a new beginning for York Explore Libraries and Archives

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YORK could be one of the only places in the country to open new libraries, according to the boss of a new body running the city's libraries.

City of York Council has now transferred the library and archive services to Explore York Libraries and Archives Mutual Ltd - a staff-led Industrial and Provident Society for the benefit of the community.

Fiona Williams, chief executive of Explore, said libraries could be opened in new developments in York.

She said: “We are very excited about the future of libraries and archives in York. We will continue to work in close partnership with the council, while we not only maintain the services and facilities currently available in the city, but also improve and expand them. Indeed, we are one of the few places in the country looking at the possible opening of new libraries within new developments across the city. "

The transfer of all 14 libraries, two reading cafes and the mobile library was officially completed yesterday when cabinet member Cllr Sonja Crisp symbolically handed over responsibility to Explore in a ceremony at Rowntree Park Reading Café.

Library staff have moved over from the council to the staff-led Industrial and Provident Society which is one third owned by its staff and two thirds by members.

Both members and staff will be involved with the running and development of the libraries, and although most of Explore's funding will come from the council, as a charity it will be able to apply to other sources of cash.

The chief executive added: "We chose this model because we want to work with our local communities, shaping the future, and I’m especially excited by the fact that our staff will be involved in the development of the service as well as its delivery, and I know they are passionate about making a success of it.

"We will also enjoy more freedom to make our own decisions about our own future, secure in the knowledge that we have funding for at least the next five years."

Explore has said it is committed to keeping all the city's libraries open, with paid staff in each, and the plan has been praised by government ministers.

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, said: "I congratulate City of York Council on their work to bring about this significant shift in the delivery of services and to put them in the heart of the communities that rely on them, and I hope others will follow their lead and reap the benefits."

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9:41am Fri 2 May 14

Zetkin says...

"the plan has been praised by government ministers" makes me extremely suspicious that this is all about cuts and privatisation.

The new company will still be extremely vulnerable to government spending cuts and charitable funding is far from guaranteed, especially when other councils follow the same route and begin compteing for the same funding.

And if the new company hits financial problems, it may find itself forced into the private sector (ie full privatisation), which isn't in my opinion the best place for York's uniquely important archive, let alone our libraries.
"the plan has been praised by government ministers" makes me extremely suspicious that this is all about cuts and privatisation. The new company will still be extremely vulnerable to government spending cuts and charitable funding is far from guaranteed, especially when other councils follow the same route and begin compteing for the same funding. And if the new company hits financial problems, it may find itself forced into the private sector (ie full privatisation), which isn't in my opinion the best place for York's uniquely important archive, let alone our libraries. Zetkin
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12:34pm Fri 2 May 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Sshhh!
Sshhh! Garrowby Turnoff
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1:04pm Fri 2 May 14

meme says...

of course it will get into financial difficulties..Its only a matter of time!
of course it will get into financial difficulties..Its only a matter of time! meme
  • Score: 2

5:12pm Fri 2 May 14

Badgers Drift says...

It's a mutual, a community interest company, a not for profit, social innovation initiative.

What funding will it receive, and how will the funding be spent?

What systems are in place to ensure that it is managed efficiently and costs (of wages) controlled?

It's all very well SHIFT'ing the responsibility of the council to run this, to this social innovation 'vehicle', but, who stops it from being mismanaged?
It's a mutual, a community interest company, a not for profit, social innovation initiative. What funding will it receive, and how will the funding be spent? What systems are in place to ensure that it is managed efficiently and costs (of wages) controlled? It's all very well SHIFT'ing the responsibility of the council to run this, to this social innovation 'vehicle', but, who stops it from being mismanaged? Badgers Drift
  • Score: -34

5:28pm Fri 2 May 14

Badgers Drift says...

Zetkin wrote:
"the plan has been praised by government ministers" makes me extremely suspicious that this is all about cuts and privatisation. The new company will still be extremely vulnerable to government spending cuts and charitable funding is far from guaranteed, especially when other councils follow the same route and begin compteing for the same funding. And if the new company hits financial problems, it may find itself forced into the private sector (ie full privatisation), which isn't in my opinion the best place for York's uniquely important archive, let alone our libraries.
I think that yiou miss the whole point of this 'social innovation' initiative/agenda.

It is 'designed' (contrived?) precisely to avoid it becoming privatised. Heaven forbid that it should be subject to the efficiencies that come with the system of capitalism.

You only have to look at the mess that the Co-op has got into through not having the systems that Lord Myners was pushing for.

Beware the anti-capitalist movement using 'social innovation' to exert increasing control of the 'third sector' over council assets.

This and a myriad of other council initiatives are all inter-connected, and need to be looked into very closely, including Science City York, Media City York, GeniUS, Creative York, and the £10m to be spent on IT systems for citizen engagement and democracy!!!!

Why do you think Kersten England and James Alexander were speaking at the Urbact Seminar on 17th September 2013 in Brussels on 'Social Innovation' in York?
[quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: "the plan has been praised by government ministers" makes me extremely suspicious that this is all about cuts and privatisation. The new company will still be extremely vulnerable to government spending cuts and charitable funding is far from guaranteed, especially when other councils follow the same route and begin compteing for the same funding. And if the new company hits financial problems, it may find itself forced into the private sector (ie full privatisation), which isn't in my opinion the best place for York's uniquely important archive, let alone our libraries.[/p][/quote]I think that yiou miss the whole point of this 'social innovation' initiative/agenda. It is 'designed' (contrived?) precisely to avoid it becoming privatised. Heaven forbid that it should be subject to the efficiencies that come with the system of capitalism. You only have to look at the mess that the Co-op has got into through not having the systems that Lord Myners was pushing for. Beware the anti-capitalist movement using 'social innovation' to exert increasing control of the 'third sector' over council assets. This and a myriad of other council initiatives are all inter-connected, and need to be looked into very closely, including Science City York, Media City York, GeniUS, Creative York, and the £10m to be spent on IT systems for citizen engagement and democracy!!!! Why do you think Kersten England and James Alexander were speaking at the Urbact Seminar on 17th September 2013 in Brussels on 'Social Innovation' in York? Badgers Drift
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5:50pm Fri 2 May 14

bloodaxe says...

Badgers Drift wrote:
Zetkin wrote:
"the plan has been praised by government ministers" makes me extremely suspicious that this is all about cuts and privatisation. The new company will still be extremely vulnerable to government spending cuts and charitable funding is far from guaranteed, especially when other councils follow the same route and begin compteing for the same funding. And if the new company hits financial problems, it may find itself forced into the private sector (ie full privatisation), which isn't in my opinion the best place for York's uniquely important archive, let alone our libraries.
I think that yiou miss the whole point of this 'social innovation' initiative/agenda.

It is 'designed' (contrived?) precisely to avoid it becoming privatised. Heaven forbid that it should be subject to the efficiencies that come with the system of capitalism.

You only have to look at the mess that the Co-op has got into through not having the systems that Lord Myners was pushing for.

Beware the anti-capitalist movement using 'social innovation' to exert increasing control of the 'third sector' over council assets.

This and a myriad of other council initiatives are all inter-connected, and need to be looked into very closely, including Science City York, Media City York, GeniUS, Creative York, and the £10m to be spent on IT systems for citizen engagement and democracy!!!!

Why do you think Kersten England and James Alexander were speaking at the Urbact Seminar on 17th September 2013 in Brussels on 'Social Innovation' in York?
I assume that this ironic. In what way is capitalism "efficient" ? You only have to look at the massively inefficient independent education sector to see that privatisation is not the answer. It gets away with it by being able to milk rich parents but is hugely overstaffed with non-teaching staff. York is to be congratulated for NOT doing what many councils have done, namely close down their libraries in panic.
[quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: "the plan has been praised by government ministers" makes me extremely suspicious that this is all about cuts and privatisation. The new company will still be extremely vulnerable to government spending cuts and charitable funding is far from guaranteed, especially when other councils follow the same route and begin compteing for the same funding. And if the new company hits financial problems, it may find itself forced into the private sector (ie full privatisation), which isn't in my opinion the best place for York's uniquely important archive, let alone our libraries.[/p][/quote]I think that yiou miss the whole point of this 'social innovation' initiative/agenda. It is 'designed' (contrived?) precisely to avoid it becoming privatised. Heaven forbid that it should be subject to the efficiencies that come with the system of capitalism. You only have to look at the mess that the Co-op has got into through not having the systems that Lord Myners was pushing for. Beware the anti-capitalist movement using 'social innovation' to exert increasing control of the 'third sector' over council assets. This and a myriad of other council initiatives are all inter-connected, and need to be looked into very closely, including Science City York, Media City York, GeniUS, Creative York, and the £10m to be spent on IT systems for citizen engagement and democracy!!!! Why do you think Kersten England and James Alexander were speaking at the Urbact Seminar on 17th September 2013 in Brussels on 'Social Innovation' in York?[/p][/quote]I assume that this ironic. In what way is capitalism "efficient" ? You only have to look at the massively inefficient independent education sector to see that privatisation is not the answer. It gets away with it by being able to milk rich parents but is hugely overstaffed with non-teaching staff. York is to be congratulated for NOT doing what many councils have done, namely close down their libraries in panic. bloodaxe
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6:14pm Fri 2 May 14

Badgers Drift says...

bloodaxe wrote:
Badgers Drift wrote:
Zetkin wrote: "the plan has been praised by government ministers" makes me extremely suspicious that this is all about cuts and privatisation. The new company will still be extremely vulnerable to government spending cuts and charitable funding is far from guaranteed, especially when other councils follow the same route and begin compteing for the same funding. And if the new company hits financial problems, it may find itself forced into the private sector (ie full privatisation), which isn't in my opinion the best place for York's uniquely important archive, let alone our libraries.
I think that yiou miss the whole point of this 'social innovation' initiative/agenda. It is 'designed' (contrived?) precisely to avoid it becoming privatised. Heaven forbid that it should be subject to the efficiencies that come with the system of capitalism. You only have to look at the mess that the Co-op has got into through not having the systems that Lord Myners was pushing for. Beware the anti-capitalist movement using 'social innovation' to exert increasing control of the 'third sector' over council assets. This and a myriad of other council initiatives are all inter-connected, and need to be looked into very closely, including Science City York, Media City York, GeniUS, Creative York, and the £10m to be spent on IT systems for citizen engagement and democracy!!!! Why do you think Kersten England and James Alexander were speaking at the Urbact Seminar on 17th September 2013 in Brussels on 'Social Innovation' in York?
I assume that this ironic. In what way is capitalism "efficient" ? You only have to look at the massively inefficient independent education sector to see that privatisation is not the answer. It gets away with it by being able to milk rich parents but is hugely overstaffed with non-teaching staff. York is to be congratulated for NOT doing what many councils have done, namely close down their libraries in panic.
Libraries are the tip of a very large 'social innovation' agenda in York.

The cultural political elite and their 'friends' are using York.

Several dubious charities and NGO's are collaborating with CYC on this, including Nesta, FutureGov and the Young Foundation. They are pushing a disruptive social innovation agenda, which is anti-capitalist in nature.

It's time that this was looked into.
[quote][p][bold]bloodaxe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: "the plan has been praised by government ministers" makes me extremely suspicious that this is all about cuts and privatisation. The new company will still be extremely vulnerable to government spending cuts and charitable funding is far from guaranteed, especially when other councils follow the same route and begin compteing for the same funding. And if the new company hits financial problems, it may find itself forced into the private sector (ie full privatisation), which isn't in my opinion the best place for York's uniquely important archive, let alone our libraries.[/p][/quote]I think that yiou miss the whole point of this 'social innovation' initiative/agenda. It is 'designed' (contrived?) precisely to avoid it becoming privatised. Heaven forbid that it should be subject to the efficiencies that come with the system of capitalism. You only have to look at the mess that the Co-op has got into through not having the systems that Lord Myners was pushing for. Beware the anti-capitalist movement using 'social innovation' to exert increasing control of the 'third sector' over council assets. This and a myriad of other council initiatives are all inter-connected, and need to be looked into very closely, including Science City York, Media City York, GeniUS, Creative York, and the £10m to be spent on IT systems for citizen engagement and democracy!!!! Why do you think Kersten England and James Alexander were speaking at the Urbact Seminar on 17th September 2013 in Brussels on 'Social Innovation' in York?[/p][/quote]I assume that this ironic. In what way is capitalism "efficient" ? You only have to look at the massively inefficient independent education sector to see that privatisation is not the answer. It gets away with it by being able to milk rich parents but is hugely overstaffed with non-teaching staff. York is to be congratulated for NOT doing what many councils have done, namely close down their libraries in panic.[/p][/quote]Libraries are the tip of a very large 'social innovation' agenda in York. The cultural political elite and their 'friends' are using York. Several dubious charities and NGO's are collaborating with CYC on this, including Nesta, FutureGov and the Young Foundation. They are pushing a disruptive social innovation agenda, which is anti-capitalist in nature. It's time that this was looked into. Badgers Drift
  • Score: -31

6:38pm Fri 2 May 14

Badgers Drift says...

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, said: "I congratulate City of York Council on their work to bring about this significant shift in the delivery of services and to put them in the heart of the communities that rely on them, and I hope others will follow their lead and reap the benefits."


Francis Maude has questionable links with Julia Middleton, the marxist founder of Common Purpose, the elitist leadership charity. Middleton was formerly a trustee of marxist think tank Demos, which was founded by Geoff Mulgan who is now Chief Executive of dubious 'charity' Nesta, where Kersten England is a trustee.
[quote] Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, said: "I congratulate City of York Council on their work to bring about this significant shift in the delivery of services and to put them in the heart of the communities that rely on them, and I hope others will follow their lead and reap the benefits." [/quote] Francis Maude has questionable links with Julia Middleton, the marxist founder of Common Purpose, the elitist leadership charity. Middleton was formerly a trustee of marxist think tank Demos, which was founded by Geoff Mulgan who is now Chief Executive of dubious 'charity' Nesta, where Kersten England is a trustee. Badgers Drift
  • Score: -42

6:48pm Fri 2 May 14

Badgers Drift says...

Badgers Drift wrote:
Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, said: "I congratulate City of York Council on their work to bring about this significant shift in the delivery of services and to put them in the heart of the communities that rely on them, and I hope others will follow their lead and reap the benefits."
Francis Maude has questionable links with Julia Middleton, the marxist founder of Common Purpose, the elitist leadership charity. Middleton was formerly a trustee of marxist think tank Demos, which was founded by Geoff Mulgan who is now Chief Executive of dubious 'charity' Nesta, where Kersten England is a trustee.
Forgot to point out two words used by Francis Maude; 'SHIFT' and 'COMMUNITIES'

Also, to see how Frances Maude and others within the conservative party are linked with Common Purpose, see the following link to Common Purpose Exposed....

http://www.cpexposed
.com/latest-news/com
mon-purpose-heart-co
nservative-party
[quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: [quote] Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, said: "I congratulate City of York Council on their work to bring about this significant shift in the delivery of services and to put them in the heart of the communities that rely on them, and I hope others will follow their lead and reap the benefits." [/quote] Francis Maude has questionable links with Julia Middleton, the marxist founder of Common Purpose, the elitist leadership charity. Middleton was formerly a trustee of marxist think tank Demos, which was founded by Geoff Mulgan who is now Chief Executive of dubious 'charity' Nesta, where Kersten England is a trustee.[/p][/quote]Forgot to point out two words used by Francis Maude; 'SHIFT' and 'COMMUNITIES' Also, to see how Frances Maude and others within the conservative party are linked with Common Purpose, see the following link to Common Purpose Exposed.... http://www.cpexposed .com/latest-news/com mon-purpose-heart-co nservative-party Badgers Drift
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6:51pm Fri 2 May 14

Badgers Drift says...

I see the mark down retard has just clocked on, and instantly given my comments #4 -33, #5 -31 & #7 -30.

Where's the 'minus two' you loser?
I see the mark down retard has just clocked on, and instantly given my comments #4 -33, #5 -31 & #7 -30. Where's the 'minus two' you loser? Badgers Drift
  • Score: -186

6:54pm Fri 2 May 14

Badgers Drift says...

...and in the blink of an eye my comment #8 -22 and #9 -39

Keep going, you total imbecile!
...and in the blink of an eye my comment #8 -22 and #9 -39 Keep going, you total imbecile! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -55

6:57pm Fri 2 May 14

Badgers Drift says...

Badgers Drift wrote:
...and in the blink of an eye my comment #8 -22 and #9 -39 Keep going, you total imbecile!
and changed now to -41 and -52, plus #10 -35

Lets see who gives up first? you muppet!!!
[quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: ...and in the blink of an eye my comment #8 -22 and #9 -39 Keep going, you total imbecile![/p][/quote]and changed now to -41 and -52, plus #10 -35 Lets see who gives up first? you muppet!!! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -253

6:59pm Fri 2 May 14

Badgers Drift says...

Badgers Drift wrote:
I see the mark down retard has just clocked on, and instantly given my comments #4 -33, #5 -31 & #7 -30. Where's the 'minus two' you loser?
Ha -185, gotcha!

Singling me out again, eh?

Mr 'Minus two' !!!!
[quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: I see the mark down retard has just clocked on, and instantly given my comments #4 -33, #5 -31 & #7 -30. Where's the 'minus two' you loser?[/p][/quote]Ha -185, gotcha! Singling me out again, eh? Mr 'Minus two' !!!! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -144

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