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Agenda Item No.10

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee [Lifelong Learning]: 9th December 2013

 

Report of the Chief Learning and Skills Officer

 

Consultation on the Review of Library and Information Services in the Vale of Glamorgan

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To consult with Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Members on the review of Library and Information Services in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Recommendation

1.             The Scrutiny Committee is invited to participate in the consultation on the fundamental review of the Library and Information Service

Reason for the Recommendation

1.             Members engage in the development of options for reshaping the Library and Information Service.

Background

2.             At Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee dated 13th November 2013, Members were made aware by report of the reasons for the fundamental review of the Library and Information Service and informed that the review group would take the opportunity to consult with this Committee during December, 2013.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.             The review group would like Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee to consider the following questions:

·         What should the library service of the future look like?

·         How can our communities help deliver services in the future and how can libraries better support our communities?  

·         How can our partners help deliver services and how can libraries better support our partners?

·         How can we reduce costs?

·         How can we increase income?

4.             In addition a questionnaire is available for completion at Appendix A, and also online in English and Welsh.

5.             This is one element of a comprehensive consultation plan as discussed at the November meeting of this Scrutiny. The full results of the consultation will be reported to Cabinet. 

6.             It is expected that the review will conclude in March 2013 after which the report of the Deputy Leader will be brought to the Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) for consideration.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

7.             The Medium Term Financial Plan 2013/14 - 2017/18 included a savings target for the Library and Information Service of £50k in 2014/15 and a further target of £115k in 2016/17.  In view of the recent settlement and the forecast reduction in funding it will be necessary to review the target for 2016/17 and to bring forward the savings where possible.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

8.             The review focuses on developing a model of service delivery which can be sustained in the long term within reduced funding levels.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.             The Council is a Library Authority under the terms of the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 and as such has a statutory duty to 'provide a comprehensive and efficient library service'.

Crime and Disorder Implications

10.        There are no crime and disorder implications arising directly from this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11.        An intended outcome of the review is to ensure the service is accessible to all, supports the most vulnerable and individuals as required throughout their lives. In reshaping library services the Council will need to ensure that there is no adverse impact or barriers to usage for groups protected under the Equality Act 2010.

Corporate/Service Objectives

12.        The Library and Information Service contributes to a number of corporate objectives, especially in the areas of Community Leadership, Children and Young People, and Lifelong Learning and Skills.

Policy Framework and Budget

13.        The future of the library service is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

14.        A comprehensive consultation plan involving all stakeholders has been developed and is progressing.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

15.        Lifelong Learning.

Background Papers

None

 

Contact Officer

Sarah Jeffery, Improvement Manager

 

Officers Consulted

Paula Ham, Head of Strategic Planning and Performance

Christopher Edwards, Acting Chief Librarian

 

Responsible Officer:

Jennifer Hill, Chief Learning and Skills Officer