Laura Sharman 02 October 2013

Norfolk to consider merging adult education and library services

Norfolk CC is considering merging its adult education and library information services in a bid to cut costs and provide a more efficient service.

The report – to be discussed next week – warns that job cuts will be necessary to help plug a £500,000 funding gap in 2013/14. It says that a merger of the two services would ensure more use is made of the county’s 47 libraries for the provision of adult education courses.

If approved, the service would be led by a single head of a libraries, information and learning service.

Library Norfolk is looking at making its library service more cost-effective.

Margaret Wilkinson, cabinet member for communities at Norfolk CC, with responsibility for adult education, said: ‘We wanted to find out whether the service should remain as it is or whether it could be changed or improved to ensure it better meets the needs of learners, the County Council and Norfolk’s priorities.

‘This review now gives a clear picture of the service, and I look forward to discussing its future with members.’

The proposal is one of four options being considered by the council next week.

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