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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Trouble Ahead for Brent Libraries

I am sorry to see that Brent Council's budget retains an expectation that the library service will save about £160,000 from its annual budget.  This is a significant sum that risks damaging one of Brent Council's great success stories.  What makes it more galling is that councillors have simply stumbled into this.  The proposed trust/privatisation was always foreseeable as a dodgy idea unlikely to lead to a real saving.  Now it has left a kind of zombie hole in the budget that is likely to be met by piecemeal savings directly cutting into frontline services.  

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