Mark Whitehead 02 August 2019

Council charity to run Hertfordshire's libraries

Council charity to run Hertfordshires libraries image

Hertfordshire County Council is set to save £500,000 in business rates by transferring its libraries to a charity it set up for the purpose.

It has awarded Libraries for Life the contract for the provision of its 46 libraries in a the five-year contract worth about £10m a year.

The contract was awarded to the new organisation, which will have a councillor as a trustee, following a public tendering process.

Libraries for Life is expected to take over responsibility for the running of library services in December when current library staff and volunteers will transfer to the new organisation.

Cllr Terry Douris, cabinet member for libraries, said: 'We set out on this process last year to try and find an alternative way of delivering our much-loved library service.

'We did so against a backdrop of ongoing financial pressure on council budgets.

'Libraries for Life’s bid was strong and will put us in the best possible position to continue the implementation of our Inspiring libraries strategy in providing high quality innovative library services now and into the future.'

Creating a real change image

Creating a real change

How can local authorities harness the power of alternative giving to provide more funds for tackling homelessness? Ketan Patel reports.
Highways jobs

Governance and Assurance Manager

North Yorkshire County Council
£38,813 to £42,683
Are you someone who is methodical in approach with an eye for detail? York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Business Development Manager (Grow Yorkshire)

North Yorkshire County Council
£34,788 to £38,813 per annum
Do you have an enterprising approach to developing solutions? Are you an exceptional communicator? York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Enterprise Partnership Officer (Infrastructure)

North Yorkshire County Council
£34,788 to £38,813 per annum
Are you an experienced Project Manager who is methodical in your approach with exceptional attention to detail? Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Project Lead - Housing Growth

North Yorkshire County Council
£38,813 to £42,683
Do you have a substantial understanding of the housing market and the housing planning system? York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Communications Officer

North Yorkshire County Council
£29,636 to £32,029
Are you someone with excellent skills in communications and looking for your next challenge? York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine