August 4, 2007
No need to spend £7m on the MLA initiative "Better Stock Better Libraries"
-The MLA should be stopped from proceeding with their search for a strategic partner, which is proposed to start in the next month
- Councils should not sign up to the programme called "Better Stock Better Libraries" which will cost £7m at the outset and several millions per annum thereafter
- There is no need for this extra layer of bureaucracy and cost
- The continuing, 4 year long, multi million pound, saga of the MLA meandering around the subject of the library supply chain is preventing councils focussing on the problems and solving them
- All the benefits which MLA claims they might achieve in the programme, but have no authority to ensure they do, can already be achieved by councils working on their own or in partnership with others.
- Councillors, who do have the authority and responsibility, have not been properly briefed on this whole subject. There are no portfolio holding councillors on any of the boards of management of the MLA and no attempt has been made to seek concensus or direction from them.
- Current suppliers and council officers, who can see that this is a waste of money are frghtened to say so because of the power of the MLA to give contracts and to influence government and lottery grants.
- The public should be made aware of this waste of money (and continuing large expenditure on consultants Price waterhouse Cooper).
Posted by Perkins at August 4, 2007 7:39 AM