Anglesey library service fears

Reporter:

Geraint Jones

FEARS have been raised that problems with staffing levels and spending could see Anglesey’s library service enter a “spiral of decline.”
 
Anglesey Council’s ecducation and leisure scrutiny heard CyMAL (Museums and Archives Wales) expressed “acute” concerns that “deleting” posts and cut funds for resources would worsen existing problems.
 
Head of service John R Thomas said the service operated within national guidelines, and added: “They were very, very concerned about our situation.

“The service has succeeded in spending wisely over the years, but as the budget has decreased, the scope for being clever and slick in the way money is spent has lessened.”

The library service is one of the areas under the microscope as the council looks to bridge a £10 million funding gap by 2016.

The committee agreed with Mr Thomas’ recommendation to express CyMal’s concerns to the executive committee and to move the Library and Information Scrutiny Review Panel’s report deadline to March.
 
The panel is preparing for a public consultation on the library service’s future.

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