Libraries, Heritage and Arts Review
At the cabinet on the 9 February it was agreed to conduct a detailed review of the Heritage and Arts service in conjunction with the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. It was agreed subsequently that the scope of the review would be extended to include libraries.
The review was undertaken by independent consultants, B.O.P. Consulting and Shared Intelligence who were commissioned to:
- Define the future cultural offer within a reduced budgetary envelope of up to 25% resulting from the Comprehensive Spending Review and revisions to the County Councils Medium Term Financial Strategy.
- Examine alternative options for future service delivery.
The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) have been represented on the review Project Board.
This report sets out the findings of the review including:
- outcomes of engagement with key stakeholders to shape the vision for future transformation
- a vision for future service delivery and a range of alternative approaches to service delivery
- recommendations as to which approaches to future delivery merit further exploration.
The council will consider the findings and recommendations of the consultants before deciding on an appropriate way forward for the services.
The report and background documents can be viewed by following the links below:
- Libraries, Heritage and Arts Review - Final Report
- Phase 1 Evidence Base
- Phase 1 Evidence Base Appendices