Saturday, 24 March 2012

The chair of ACE told to step down, a political decision?

There was quite a lot of criticism from library folk about the decision to hand the public libraries portfolio to ACE, it was seen by many as a deliberate attempt to sideline libraries. Very recently there has been another twist in the story, Jeremy Hunt has now told Liz Forgan, the current chair of ACE, to step down after only spending one term in the post!
This is seen by many to be a political decision as Forgan is perceived to be left of centre, was appointed by Labour and is the chair of the Scott Trust, which owns the Guardian and the Observer! Hunt wants to appoint someone with experience of private funding as he sees this as a future priority for ACE. A worrying sign of things to come?

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