Tuesday, 12 February 2013

'Private companies could play role in running Ealing libraries' - Ealing Gazette - 11/2/13


"A TRADE union is calling on Ealing Council to reject plans to outsource the borough’s libraries which they say may lead to a worse service for little saving.
The council says it is not privatising the borough's 15 libraries and the service will not be affected. It says the plans are for a private company to run them in a similar way that Greenwich Leisure Limited operate the borough’s leisure centres.
Mary Lancaster, secretary of Ealing Unison, said: “They’re going to give an alternative provider a sum of money to run the libraries instead of the council, that’s privatisation as far as I understand it. Other providers don’t necessarily have a good record of managing council services, in recent years housing benefits, housing and highways all had to be brought back in house."

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