City of York Council to explore library changes

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COUNCIL leaders have agreed to explore new ways of running York’s libraries.

City of York Council’s cabinet discussed using the community or a social enterprise to operate the libraries to help meet a £250,000 savings target, following a six-week consultation last year.

City leaders will decide this summer, following consultation with library staff and the public, on whether to transfer the running of the services to a council-funded charity, which would be eligible for tax breaks and grants.

Last night the cabinet agreed the idea should be explored further, and a business plan for the scheme, which will be the first of its kind in the UK if it goes ahead, should be set up.

Andrea Dudding, from UNISON, spoke to the cabinet ahead of the meeting, telling members staff felt “fearful and powerless” in the process, and that the public “must be asked the direct quesion of who they want to run their library service”.

Council leader James Alexander said: “I think it’s the best outcome. Residents showed us they want us to explore different delivery methods to keep costs down and services running despite Government cuts.”

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11:47am Wed 9 Jan 13

bob the builder says...

I foresee closures and redundancies as any enterprise will need to reduce the costs to match the grants they get to run them. It's the Barbican and swimming pools all over again.
I foresee closures and redundancies as any enterprise will need to reduce the costs to match the grants they get to run them. It's the Barbican and swimming pools all over again. bob the builder
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1:26pm Wed 9 Jan 13

MouseHouse says...

We will be reaping the costs of this folly for years to come. How much did we subsidise the capitalists lihts on Stomegate by? How much are we subsidising capitalists with "tax breaks" for setting up new shops etc.
We will be reaping the costs of this folly for years to come. How much did we subsidise the capitalists lihts on Stomegate by? How much are we subsidising capitalists with "tax breaks" for setting up new shops etc. MouseHouse
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6:46pm Wed 9 Jan 13

RoseD says...

ANY plan that Alexander is in favour of equals DOOM for normal average york residents. Does he even read beyond Twitter?
ANY plan that Alexander is in favour of equals DOOM for normal average york residents. Does he even read beyond Twitter? RoseD
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