Thursday, 17 January 2013

David Ruse responds to the concerns of his staff.

This is the response by David Ruse to the open letter written by the staff of Westminster Libraries asking their Councillors not to impose further cuts to the service
The claim that Westminster City Council is planning the wholesale decimation of its library service is straight off our fiction shelves. I can state now that there will be no library closures and no cuts to opening hours and no reason to think that the excellent range of services described will be reduced.

Like all local authorities the Council is faced with tough financial challenges, and that includes the library service. But our innovative partnership with Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham has allowed us to make significant savings and so protect front line library services. We are also about to invest £12 million in a new library for Marylebone.

The Council knows how much local people value libraries and is committed to a first class service.

David Ruse

Tri-borough Director of Libraries and Archives

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Westminster City Council
Isn't it about time that those who climbed the ladder and have subsequently pulled it up showed some professional pride and spoke out against the destruction and 'hollowing out' of the service they once helped to build instead of overseeing it and openly mocking their staff?

1 comment:

  1. I understand your anger but I think we need to let this one unfold. David Ruse was happy to permit The Library Campaign to post his response on their website.

    Can the staff really have got it so wrong?