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.