Fourteen staff to go from Southend’s libraries
December 15, 2013 3 Comments
Following on from questions asked at full council last Thursday I have been copied the official responses.
Questions were asked about job losses arising from the changes to the library service in the borough of Southend-on-Sea.
There will a reduction of approximately fourteen staff. These are part-time positions, and so are being described as six to seven full time equivalent employees. The smaller the number, the less the pain (or so it is supposed); call it spin if you care to.
It is not clear whether these fourteen staff will go unto the scrapheap (i.e. made unemployed) or whether it is intended to absorb them into another council department. Since large cuts are to be made again this year I expect the worse.
Cllr Ted Lewin (Liberal Democrat, St Laurence) asked the question, and then proceeded to support the Conservative proposals.
I was surprised to discover that there have not been any full-time professional librarians in the Branch Libraries since 1992.
The response also included this: Under the proposals Leigh, Kent Elms and Delaware Libraries will have Southend-on-Sea Borough Council paid and fully trained library staff working in them.
So, adieu to Southchurch, Friars, Thorpedene and Westcliff. Although plans are for those whose future is not guaranteed is of them being community run I think this will at least mean a vastly reduced service, and closure is a grim, but very real, prospect.