Options for the future of Cockerton Library to be discussed by councillors ahead of public consultation

The Advertiser Series: Options for the future of Cockerton Library to be discussed by councillors ahead of public consultation Options for the future of Cockerton Library to be discussed by councillors ahead of public consultation

RESEARCH into the future options for a closure-threatened library has begun, ahead of public consultation about whether the popular facility can be sustained by the community in years to come.

Council funding for Cockerton Library will come to an end in 2016, after which time it must be taken over by a volunteer group or face closure.

A previous proposal by Darlington Borough Council to close the library, one of only two in Darlington, sparked a huge campaign to save the facility, but this time reaction has been muted.

To kick-start the debate on the future of the library beyond 2016, Councillor Nick Wallis, cabinet member for leisure and local environment, has set up a steering group with local ward councillors and other interested parties to look at possible options.

The group will look at the experiences of other local authorities where libraries have been taken over or supported by volunteer groups and put together a consultation document for the public outlining the proposed actions for Cockerton.

Coun Wallis said: “We need to give some thought to how we can mitigate the impact and how these services can continue to be provided, while recognising that there will be no council money for them from 2016.

“There is no right or wrong way of going about this. We want to look at what has worked elsewhere and what hasn’t worked. There are a whole range of ways other local authorities have gone about it.

“Some have reduced services with volunteers helping around the edges, while others have closed the library and handed over the building for a community group to run, and everything in between.

“When we go out to consult with the local community we want to do it on the back of some research and with some proposals to put to them.”

Coun Wallis said the research stage was not expected to take a long time before public consultation starts. Any new volunteer-led system would need to be up and running before the 2016 funding cut-off.

Steering groups have been set up to look at future options for the similarly threatened Head of Steam Museum and also for the town’s parks and street cleaning, which are facing huge budget cuts.

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1:24pm Tue 11 Feb 14

harry2 says...

M sure they. An come up with something, they have been given 2 years
M sure they. An come up with something, they have been given 2 years harry2
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1:43pm Tue 11 Feb 14

benthompson says...

Some background would be useful here. A lot of people campaigned to keep the library, a lot of people came up with solutions and a lot of people tried to work with the staff at the library.

All those suggestions were rudely ignored and dismissed so its hardly surprising no one wants to do anything this time round...
Some background would be useful here. A lot of people campaigned to keep the library, a lot of people came up with solutions and a lot of people tried to work with the staff at the library. All those suggestions were rudely ignored and dismissed so its hardly surprising no one wants to do anything this time round... benthompson
  • Score: 6

3:32pm Tue 11 Feb 14

oliviaden6 says...

Public consultation is good if the public get the hearing they are due, added to that is this just another whitewash by Bill and His Buddies to smooth over the already fate that has been dictated to the council by the aforementioned.
Give us a say not dictate the policy, we need libraries for our children and grandchildren, enough is enough of loosing the heritage and the backbone of our societies.
Public consultation is good if the public get the hearing they are due, added to that is this just another whitewash by Bill and His Buddies to smooth over the already fate that has been dictated to the council by the aforementioned. Give us a say not dictate the policy, we need libraries for our children and grandchildren, enough is enough of loosing the heritage and the backbone of our societies. oliviaden6
  • Score: 4

3:37pm Tue 11 Feb 14

BMD says...

£3.7 million on Stonebridge roundabout.

Over £2 million on wheelie bins and new vehicles.

Darlington Labour council – looking after the residents or bleeding the cash cow?
£3.7 million on Stonebridge roundabout. Over £2 million on wheelie bins and new vehicles. Darlington Labour council – looking after the residents or bleeding the cash cow? BMD
  • Score: 5

4:02pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Luther95 says...

BMD wrote:
£3.7 million on Stonebridge roundabout.

Over £2 million on wheelie bins and new vehicles.

Darlington Labour council – looking after the residents or bleeding the cash cow?
(1) The money for Stonebridge roundabout comes from Government and can only be used for promoting bus travel. If it isn't used for that purpose, it's sent back down to London.

(2) The Council's changes to bin collections - alternate weekly collection for general refuse and then recycled waste - will save the town around £400,000 a year. That will help to keep services for vulnerable pensioners, children and disabled people going.
[quote][p][bold]BMD[/bold] wrote: £3.7 million on Stonebridge roundabout. Over £2 million on wheelie bins and new vehicles. Darlington Labour council – looking after the residents or bleeding the cash cow?[/p][/quote](1) The money for Stonebridge roundabout comes from Government and can only be used for promoting bus travel. If it isn't used for that purpose, it's sent back down to London. (2) The Council's changes to bin collections - alternate weekly collection for general refuse and then recycled waste - will save the town around £400,000 a year. That will help to keep services for vulnerable pensioners, children and disabled people going. Luther95
  • Score: -1

4:15pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Luther95 says...

oliviaden6 wrote:
Public consultation is good if the public get the hearing they are due, added to that is this just another whitewash by Bill and His Buddies to smooth over the already fate that has been dictated to the council by the aforementioned.
Give us a say not dictate the policy, we need libraries for our children and grandchildren, enough is enough of loosing the heritage and the backbone of our societies.
It would seem this isn't about consultation, oliviaden - it's about how community groups or others can play a part in managing the facility for the longer term, including the financing.

A quick reminder:

2010 - 2013 - Darlington BC had to make £22 million of cuts as a result of Government grant reductions. 500 full time jobs were lost.

2014 - 2016 - Darlington has to make a further £13.8 million in cuts. Finding alternate sources of funding for Cockerton Library and Head of Steam, as well as a radically different way of operating Street Scene, are part of these reductions.

2017 - 2020 - Government projections show that another £24 million of cuts will need to be found. At a time when sopme councils in the south are getting MORE cash, not the swingeing cuts we're facing here in the North East!

Yes, we need libraries, but there is simply no money for facilities like Cockerton. A lot of other councils have already adopted 'community' solutions to secure the future of libraries in their area. Do you have any constructive points, oliviaden?
[quote][p][bold]oliviaden6[/bold] wrote: Public consultation is good if the public get the hearing they are due, added to that is this just another whitewash by Bill and His Buddies to smooth over the already fate that has been dictated to the council by the aforementioned. Give us a say not dictate the policy, we need libraries for our children and grandchildren, enough is enough of loosing the heritage and the backbone of our societies.[/p][/quote]It would seem this isn't about consultation, oliviaden - it's about how community groups or others can play a part in managing the facility for the longer term, including the financing. A quick reminder: 2010 - 2013 - Darlington BC had to make £22 million of cuts as a result of Government grant reductions. 500 full time jobs were lost. 2014 - 2016 - Darlington has to make a further £13.8 million in cuts. Finding alternate sources of funding for Cockerton Library and Head of Steam, as well as a radically different way of operating Street Scene, are part of these reductions. 2017 - 2020 - Government projections show that another £24 million of cuts will need to be found. At a time when sopme councils in the south are getting MORE cash, not the swingeing cuts we're facing here in the North East! Yes, we need libraries, but there is simply no money for facilities like Cockerton. A lot of other councils have already adopted 'community' solutions to secure the future of libraries in their area. Do you have any constructive points, oliviaden? Luther95
  • Score: 0

8:02pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Border Terrier says...

How about the cabinet (so called) members give up their ridiculous high salaries for 12 months! As the man said "We are all in this together?"
How about the cabinet (so called) members give up their ridiculous high salaries for 12 months! As the man said "We are all in this together?" Border Terrier
  • Score: 9

4:55am Wed 12 Feb 14

BMD says...

Luther95 says...
(1) The money for Stonebridge roundabout comes from Government and can only be used for promoting bus travel. If it isn't used for that purpose, it's sent back down to London.

Answer: Do you honestly believe Stonebridge is the solution for spending £3.7 million and do you also believe this Labour council would hand the money back to the Government?

(2) The Council's changes to bin collections - alternate weekly collection for general refuse and then recycled waste - will save the town around £400,000 a year. That will help to keep services for vulnerable pensioners, children and disabled people going.

Answer: The Government has stated that there is no need and public don’t want alternative collections; it is the obstinate Labour councils whom are forcing this on to the residents.

2010 - 2013 - Darlington BC had to make £22 million of cuts as a result of Government grant reductions. 500 full time jobs were lost.

Answer: The Labour Council failed to adhere to its mandatory obligations and has diversified into schemes - Together Magazine, School Taxi's, Autism care centres, Drug shooting galleries, etc.....

2014 - 2016 - Darlington has to make a further £13.8 million in cuts. Finding alternate sources of funding for Cockerton Library and Head of Steam, as well as a radically different way of operating Street Scene, are part of these reductions.

Answer: Street Scene can be disbanded and criminals sentenced to community service should take up this menial task of litter picking.

2017 - 2020 - Government projections show that another £24 million of cuts will need to be found. At a time when sopme councils in the south are getting MORE cash, not the swingeing cuts we're facing here in the North East!

Answer: Typical Labour answer always blaming the North / South divide, what is actually happening is the Government are now balancing the grants. The North East Labour Councils have had it so good for so long and squandered all the money.

Yes, we need libraries, but there is simply no money for facilities like Cockerton. A lot of other councils have already adopted 'community' solutions to secure the future of libraries in their area. Do you have any constructive points, oliviaden?

Answer: Reduce the Council executive managers and reduce their salaries, as it is blatantly obvious they have failed in their current position.
Luther95 says... (1) The money for Stonebridge roundabout comes from Government and can only be used for promoting bus travel. If it isn't used for that purpose, it's sent back down to London. Answer: Do you honestly believe Stonebridge is the solution for spending £3.7 million and do you also believe this Labour council would hand the money back to the Government? (2) The Council's changes to bin collections - alternate weekly collection for general refuse and then recycled waste - will save the town around £400,000 a year. That will help to keep services for vulnerable pensioners, children and disabled people going. Answer: The Government has stated that there is no need and public don’t want alternative collections; it is the obstinate Labour councils whom are forcing this on to the residents. 2010 - 2013 - Darlington BC had to make £22 million of cuts as a result of Government grant reductions. 500 full time jobs were lost. Answer: The Labour Council failed to adhere to its mandatory obligations and has diversified into schemes - Together Magazine, School Taxi's, Autism care centres, Drug shooting galleries, etc..... 2014 - 2016 - Darlington has to make a further £13.8 million in cuts. Finding alternate sources of funding for Cockerton Library and Head of Steam, as well as a radically different way of operating Street Scene, are part of these reductions. Answer: Street Scene can be disbanded and criminals sentenced to community service should take up this menial task of litter picking. 2017 - 2020 - Government projections show that another £24 million of cuts will need to be found. At a time when sopme councils in the south are getting MORE cash, not the swingeing cuts we're facing here in the North East! Answer: Typical Labour answer always blaming the North / South divide, what is actually happening is the Government are now balancing the grants. The North East Labour Councils have had it so good for so long and squandered all the money. Yes, we need libraries, but there is simply no money for facilities like Cockerton. A lot of other councils have already adopted 'community' solutions to secure the future of libraries in their area. Do you have any constructive points, oliviaden? Answer: Reduce the Council executive managers and reduce their salaries, as it is blatantly obvious they have failed in their current position. BMD
  • Score: 2

9:14am Wed 12 Feb 14

Luther95 says...

BMD wrote:
Luther95 says...
(1) The money for Stonebridge roundabout comes from Government and can only be used for promoting bus travel. If it isn't used for that purpose, it's sent back down to London.

Answer: Do you honestly believe Stonebridge is the solution for spending £3.7 million and do you also believe this Labour council would hand the money back to the Government?

(2) The Council's changes to bin collections - alternate weekly collection for general refuse and then recycled waste - will save the town around £400,000 a year. That will help to keep services for vulnerable pensioners, children and disabled people going.

Answer: The Government has stated that there is no need and public don’t want alternative collections; it is the obstinate Labour councils whom are forcing this on to the residents.

2010 - 2013 - Darlington BC had to make £22 million of cuts as a result of Government grant reductions. 500 full time jobs were lost.

Answer: The Labour Council failed to adhere to its mandatory obligations and has diversified into schemes - Together Magazine, School Taxi's, Autism care centres, Drug shooting galleries, etc.....

2014 - 2016 - Darlington has to make a further £13.8 million in cuts. Finding alternate sources of funding for Cockerton Library and Head of Steam, as well as a radically different way of operating Street Scene, are part of these reductions.

Answer: Street Scene can be disbanded and criminals sentenced to community service should take up this menial task of litter picking.

2017 - 2020 - Government projections show that another £24 million of cuts will need to be found. At a time when sopme councils in the south are getting MORE cash, not the swingeing cuts we're facing here in the North East!

Answer: Typical Labour answer always blaming the North / South divide, what is actually happening is the Government are now balancing the grants. The North East Labour Councils have had it so good for so long and squandered all the money.

Yes, we need libraries, but there is simply no money for facilities like Cockerton. A lot of other councils have already adopted 'community' solutions to secure the future of libraries in their area. Do you have any constructive points, oliviaden?

Answer: Reduce the Council executive managers and reduce their salaries, as it is blatantly obvious they have failed in their current position.
"Do you honestly believe Stonebridge is the solution for spending £3.7 million and do you also believe this Labour council would hand the money back to the Government?"

Answer: I'm not sure anyone can be 100% certain that new road schemes/layouts will work - the Council's own pages stated that there had been detailed traffic modelling which indicated these changes will substantially improve congestion around the ring-road and the arterial routes into town.

The bigger point is that it is wrong to confuse this money (ring-fenced Government grant) with spending for the libraries, Head of Steam and the like. They're completely separate, and one cannot be used for the other.

(On wheelie bins) "The Government has stated that there is no need and public don’t want alternative collections; it is the obstinate Labour councils whom are forcing this on to the residents."

Answer: Whatever Pickles might say, alternate weekly collections in Darlington will save around £400,000 a year. Darlington made a bid for Government funds to keep weekly collections - the Coalition rejected it!

(On the scale of Government cuts to Darlington). "The Labour Council failed to adhere to its mandatory obligations and has diversified into schemes - Together Magazine, School Taxi's, Autism care centres, Drug shooting galleries, etc....."

Answer: You're right - like every other council in the country, over the years Darlington BC has tried to meet the aspirations of its citizens by providing other, non-statutory services. These include maintaining parks and gardens, the Dolphin Centre, the Head of Steam, funding of the arts, and business promotion. Are these things the Council should never have provided? I don't know anyone who has ever suggested that (outside of commentators on this site, recently).

(On changes to Street Scene). "Street Scene can be disbanded and criminals sentenced to community service should take up this menial task of litter picking."

Answer: This simply isn't practical, even if it was legal (and I don't think it is). Can you imagine the state of South Park if maintenance was left to untrained criminals on community service? These jobs are skilled and provided by a dedicated workforce. Do you know of a single council that has acted in this way?

(On the lack of cash for facilities like Cockerton looking ahead). "Reduce the Council executive managers and reduce their salaries, as it is blatantly obvious they have failed in their current position."

If you look at the Council's own papers, substantial savings have already been made in management. And where is the evidence that managers have let the people of Darlington down? - have a look at the independent peer review of Darlington BC by Local Government Association (personally led by the Conservative Chair of the LGA Cllr. Mervyn Cockell). It found that the Council is well-led, with resourceful and prudent management. A shame some people on this site can't recognise that Darlington BC's staff are considerable assets for the town.

You can see the presentation and the fuill report here: http://www.darlingto
n.gov.uk/Generic/cou
ncilinfo/PeerChallen
geReview.htm
[quote][p][bold]BMD[/bold] wrote: Luther95 says... (1) The money for Stonebridge roundabout comes from Government and can only be used for promoting bus travel. If it isn't used for that purpose, it's sent back down to London. Answer: Do you honestly believe Stonebridge is the solution for spending £3.7 million and do you also believe this Labour council would hand the money back to the Government? (2) The Council's changes to bin collections - alternate weekly collection for general refuse and then recycled waste - will save the town around £400,000 a year. That will help to keep services for vulnerable pensioners, children and disabled people going. Answer: The Government has stated that there is no need and public don’t want alternative collections; it is the obstinate Labour councils whom are forcing this on to the residents. 2010 - 2013 - Darlington BC had to make £22 million of cuts as a result of Government grant reductions. 500 full time jobs were lost. Answer: The Labour Council failed to adhere to its mandatory obligations and has diversified into schemes - Together Magazine, School Taxi's, Autism care centres, Drug shooting galleries, etc..... 2014 - 2016 - Darlington has to make a further £13.8 million in cuts. Finding alternate sources of funding for Cockerton Library and Head of Steam, as well as a radically different way of operating Street Scene, are part of these reductions. Answer: Street Scene can be disbanded and criminals sentenced to community service should take up this menial task of litter picking. 2017 - 2020 - Government projections show that another £24 million of cuts will need to be found. At a time when sopme councils in the south are getting MORE cash, not the swingeing cuts we're facing here in the North East! Answer: Typical Labour answer always blaming the North / South divide, what is actually happening is the Government are now balancing the grants. The North East Labour Councils have had it so good for so long and squandered all the money. Yes, we need libraries, but there is simply no money for facilities like Cockerton. A lot of other councils have already adopted 'community' solutions to secure the future of libraries in their area. Do you have any constructive points, oliviaden? Answer: Reduce the Council executive managers and reduce their salaries, as it is blatantly obvious they have failed in their current position.[/p][/quote]"Do you honestly believe Stonebridge is the solution for spending £3.7 million and do you also believe this Labour council would hand the money back to the Government?" Answer: I'm not sure anyone can be 100% certain that new road schemes/layouts will work - the Council's own pages stated that there had been detailed traffic modelling which indicated these changes will substantially improve congestion around the ring-road and the arterial routes into town. The bigger point is that it is wrong to confuse this money (ring-fenced Government grant) with spending for the libraries, Head of Steam and the like. They're completely separate, and one cannot be used for the other. (On wheelie bins) "The Government has stated that there is no need and public don’t want alternative collections; it is the obstinate Labour councils whom are forcing this on to the residents." Answer: Whatever Pickles might say, alternate weekly collections in Darlington will save around £400,000 a year. Darlington made a bid for Government funds to keep weekly collections - the Coalition rejected it! (On the scale of Government cuts to Darlington). "The Labour Council failed to adhere to its mandatory obligations and has diversified into schemes - Together Magazine, School Taxi's, Autism care centres, Drug shooting galleries, etc....." Answer: You're right - like every other council in the country, over the years Darlington BC has tried to meet the aspirations of its citizens by providing other, non-statutory services. These include maintaining parks and gardens, the Dolphin Centre, the Head of Steam, funding of the arts, and business promotion. Are these things the Council should never have provided? I don't know anyone who has ever suggested that (outside of commentators on this site, recently). (On changes to Street Scene). "Street Scene can be disbanded and criminals sentenced to community service should take up this menial task of litter picking." Answer: This simply isn't practical, even if it was legal (and I don't think it is). Can you imagine the state of South Park if maintenance was left to untrained criminals on community service? These jobs are skilled and provided by a dedicated workforce. Do you know of a single council that has acted in this way? (On the lack of cash for facilities like Cockerton looking ahead). "Reduce the Council executive managers and reduce their salaries, as it is blatantly obvious they have failed in their current position." If you look at the Council's own papers, substantial savings have already been made in management. And where is the evidence that managers have let the people of Darlington down? - have a look at the independent peer review of Darlington BC by Local Government Association (personally led by the Conservative Chair of the LGA Cllr. Mervyn Cockell). It found that the Council is well-led, with resourceful and prudent management. A shame some people on this site can't recognise that Darlington BC's staff are considerable assets for the town. You can see the presentation and the fuill report here: http://www.darlingto n.gov.uk/Generic/cou ncilinfo/PeerChallen geReview.htm Luther95
  • Score: -1

12:36pm Wed 12 Feb 14

BMD says...

Luther95 says...
I'm not sure anyone can be 100% certain that new road schemes/layouts will work - the Council's own pages stated that there had been detailed traffic modelling which indicated these changes will substantially improve congestion around the ring-road and the arterial routes into town.

Answer: The main contribution to congestion was the Labour Councils policy of public transport services and vehicle passivation, plus the narrowing of roads, concreting of slip roads and introduction of traffic lights. The electorate have lost trust with the council and its transportation policy – even a council member has recognised that the current council are seen as “Car Haters”

Whatever Pickles might say, alternate weekly collections in Darlington will save around £400,000 a year. Darlington made a bid for Government funds to keep weekly collections - the Coalition rejected it!

Answer: £400,000 is another nice round number the council like to band about, but it is the residents whom will suffer the standing household waste for 2 weeks. The weekly collections bid must have been flawed.

You're right - like every other council in the country, over the years Darlington BC has tried to meet the aspirations of its citizens by providing other, non-statutory services. These include maintaining parks and gardens, the Dolphin Centre, the Head of Steam, funding of the arts, and business promotion. Are these things the Council should never have provided? I don't know anyone who has ever suggested that (outside of commentators on this site, recently).

Answer: Aspirations of its citizens or Empire building by Council employees? Have the Labour Council considered private contractors or selling the Dolphin Centre, this direction could remove another layer of management.

This simply isn't practical, even if it was legal (and I don't think it is). Can you imagine the state of South Park if maintenance was left to untrained criminals on community service? These jobs are skilled and provided by a dedicated workforce. Do you know of a single council that has acted in this way?

Answer: There are many different way’s Community Service can be interpreted, I am suggesting supervised menial tasks, not operating machinery.

If you look at the Council's own papers, substantial savings have already been made in management. And where is the evidence that managers have let the people of Darlington down? - have a look at the independent peer review of Darlington BC by Local Government Association (personally led by the Conservative Chair of the LGA Cllr. Mervyn Cockell). It found that the Council is well-led, with resourceful and prudent management. A shame some people on this site can't recognise that Darlington BC's staff are considerable assets for the town.

Answer: You’re asking me to trust the Councils own papers, that’s equivalent to asking Iran if they are planning a nuclear bomb. Ada Burns salary is more than the Prime Minister. Councillors used to stand for election with the knowledge of only receiving expenses, now Councillors receive salary, expenses and a pension. LGA= Local Government Association, that assessment is the same as a plebgate officer being assessed by the Police Federation.
Luther95 says... I'm not sure anyone can be 100% certain that new road schemes/layouts will work - the Council's own pages stated that there had been detailed traffic modelling which indicated these changes will substantially improve congestion around the ring-road and the arterial routes into town. Answer: The main contribution to congestion was the Labour Councils policy of public transport services and vehicle passivation, plus the narrowing of roads, concreting of slip roads and introduction of traffic lights. The electorate have lost trust with the council and its transportation policy – even a council member has recognised that the current council are seen as “Car Haters” Whatever Pickles might say, alternate weekly collections in Darlington will save around £400,000 a year. Darlington made a bid for Government funds to keep weekly collections - the Coalition rejected it! Answer: £400,000 is another nice round number the council like to band about, but it is the residents whom will suffer the standing household waste for 2 weeks. The weekly collections bid must have been flawed. You're right - like every other council in the country, over the years Darlington BC has tried to meet the aspirations of its citizens by providing other, non-statutory services. These include maintaining parks and gardens, the Dolphin Centre, the Head of Steam, funding of the arts, and business promotion. Are these things the Council should never have provided? I don't know anyone who has ever suggested that (outside of commentators on this site, recently). Answer: Aspirations of its citizens or Empire building by Council employees? Have the Labour Council considered private contractors or selling the Dolphin Centre, this direction could remove another layer of management. This simply isn't practical, even if it was legal (and I don't think it is). Can you imagine the state of South Park if maintenance was left to untrained criminals on community service? These jobs are skilled and provided by a dedicated workforce. Do you know of a single council that has acted in this way? Answer: There are many different way’s Community Service can be interpreted, I am suggesting supervised menial tasks, not operating machinery. If you look at the Council's own papers, substantial savings have already been made in management. And where is the evidence that managers have let the people of Darlington down? - have a look at the independent peer review of Darlington BC by Local Government Association (personally led by the Conservative Chair of the LGA Cllr. Mervyn Cockell). It found that the Council is well-led, with resourceful and prudent management. A shame some people on this site can't recognise that Darlington BC's staff are considerable assets for the town. Answer: You’re asking me to trust the Councils own papers, that’s equivalent to asking Iran if they are planning a nuclear bomb. Ada Burns salary is more than the Prime Minister. Councillors used to stand for election with the knowledge of only receiving expenses, now Councillors receive salary, expenses and a pension. LGA= Local Government Association, that assessment is the same as a plebgate officer being assessed by the Police Federation. BMD
  • Score: 2

2:07pm Wed 12 Feb 14

pixie4612 says...

It is a sign of extremely sad times when a community library gets the chop. This library must cost the council practically nothing. The only savings made from handing it over to a voluntary group will be staff costs. Books, internet, electricity etc still need to be paid for. So by handing it over to a group all it is doing is taking some other poor souls jobs away from them. More sad redundancies. More people left to sign on through no fault of their own and them guess what....they can then volunteer to do the job they WERE paid for. I think it's disgusting.
Maybe if people stopped volunteering the goverment would stop taking peoples jobs away from them and then we'll have less people signing on and more people paying tax!
It is a sign of extremely sad times when a community library gets the chop. This library must cost the council practically nothing. The only savings made from handing it over to a voluntary group will be staff costs. Books, internet, electricity etc still need to be paid for. So by handing it over to a group all it is doing is taking some other poor souls jobs away from them. More sad redundancies. More people left to sign on through no fault of their own and them guess what....they can then volunteer to do the job they WERE paid for. I think it's disgusting. Maybe if people stopped volunteering the goverment would stop taking peoples jobs away from them and then we'll have less people signing on and more people paying tax! pixie4612
  • Score: 2

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