Jobs under threat as libraries and one stop shops to cut opening hours and merge

Falmouth Packet: Jobs under threat as libraries and one stop shops to cut opening hours and merge Jobs under threat as libraries and one stop shops to cut opening hours and merge

Jobs may be under threat as Cornwall Council gets set to reduce the number of days libraries and One Stop Shops are open, including those in Falmouth and Helston, and to amalgamate some into one location.

To move is due to further budtget cuts, with a saving of £1.3million "needed" from these services. 

At the Partnerships Portfolio Advisory committee meeting on January 7, councillors condidered "a range of options and recommendations as part of a review of the Council’s customer access services which includes Libraries, One Stop Shops, the telephone Contact Centre and customer payment options.

A spokesman said: "As part of the Council’s 2014/15 budget, around £1.3m savings need to come from a review of these services.

"Members at the PAC meeting agreed to plans for a reduction of opening hours, broadly an additional day per week, across the majority of Library and One Stop Shop sites subject to consultation with staff and unions.

"Work will also continue to look at the possibility of amalgamating stand alone one stop shops and libraries."

Cornwall Council cabinet member for partnerships Adam Paynter said: “In the coming weeks, we will be working with local members on the best way to implement the reduced opening times so as to minimise disruption to the local community.”

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9:38pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

The previous administration of Cornwall Council I believe, claimed that the JV with BT would save money, protect services and jobs and even open new employment opportunities, my personal view at the time, after reading a document about 64 pages long, was that neither a full joint venture nor a light joint venture with BT would be good for Cornwall Council or the public. Could someone please provide an updated explanation exactly the benefits of this light JV because I think I must be missing something!
The previous administration of Cornwall Council I believe, claimed that the JV with BT would save money, protect services and jobs and even open new employment opportunities, my personal view at the time, after reading a document about 64 pages long, was that neither a full joint venture nor a light joint venture with BT would be good for Cornwall Council or the public. Could someone please provide an updated explanation exactly the benefits of this light JV because I think I must be missing something! Gillian Zella Martin 09

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