THE ongoing saga over the future of the town’s libraries looks set to rumble on until at least November.
Following the extensive public consultation members of the borough council’s executive board have now decided to go back to the drawing board by forming a working party to oversee the next phase of the “modernisation” of the town’s libraries.
A draft report by library operators LiveWire, which aimed to keep libraries open pending ongoing negotiations has now been shelved while representatives from the council, LiveWire and independent advisers form a working group.
One wonders what cost it has taken in man hours to get to this stage following the various public consultations – with many more hours head – all brought about by a need to cut £300,000 a year from the library budgets.
I’m glad I’m not the one who has to plan budgets for the year ahead!
Meanwhile LiveWire have yet again come under fire from Warrington North MP Helen Jones, this time for not paying their staff the Living Wage.
While Warrington Borough Council, who are implementing the squeeze on LiveWire may have agreed to pay their staff the Living Wage, they are set to put up council tax by 4.98 per cent, which is way above the rate of inflation.
Many businesses up and down the country are struggling to pay the minimum wage, let alone the Living Wage and in comparison to many in their industry, the rates of pay at LiveWire, which will be £7.50 an hour from April 1st are above the average market rates in their sector.
Maybe it is time for Helen Jones to sit down with the LiveWire Board and help come up with solutions. Theree is an invitation on the table from LiveWire.
It is always easy to criticise but not so easy to come up with solutions – particularly during these times of austerity and budget cuts.
Negative thoughts and comments can create negative outcomes.
We all need to try and pull in the same direction for the benefit of our town. Even if you don’t get on with people it is better to sit down at a table and discuss solutions rather than firing bullets.