Alison Moore retweets report on volunteer Libraries
Both Children & Adults give time in Manchester to help
Money saved on staff wages ploughed back into the service
The Bugle and others rarely have much luck in getting answers from Barnet Labour Party as to their alternatives to the approach followed by the Town Hall Conservatives.
It is not for the want of trying.
Today Conservative Cllr David Longstaff (the first to put his head above the parapet on Libraries on Twitter) gave it a go and asked Cllr Alison Moore several times for her vision for Libraries. In response the Labour Group Leader retweeted, an 'imaginative and progressive' report from Manchester City Council's Library strategy maybe granting a rare insight into Cllr Moore's thinking.
Below is the report in full
The report contains what you would normally expect from a Libraries strategy. It details where the Library service is now, lists achievements and successes. It ticks all the right boxes, says all the right things: free PCs, helping people back to work etc.
However the core reform in the report is the embrace of the role of volunteers to keep the service afloat and payroll down. Key paragraphs are 4.2 (Young / Child volunteers) and section 6 from pg 12 (Much smaller Community run Libraries / Adult volunteers). Excerpts below.
How different is this Manchester vision of smaller Libraries staffed almost exclusively by volunteers to the one the Town Hall Conservatives have hinted at in their rather cack-handed consultation effort? As Labour don't seem prepared to propose increases in Council Tax have they concluded this is the only way forward?