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BOTTOMLEY'S PLANS FOR CCT OF LIBRARY SERVICES

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Plans for the compulsory competitive tendering of library services are to be announced shortly by heritage secretar...
Plans for the compulsory competitive tendering of library services are to be announced shortly by heritage secretary Virginia Bottomley, reports The Times (p8).

But the Library Association's chief executive Ross Shimmon said that contracting out library services would undermine co-operation between authorities resulting in a reduction in the range of titles and facilities available.

'The only way in which privatising can work is by cutting staff, reducing the number of titles and cutting opening hours,' the paper quotes him.

The Federation of Local Authority Chief Librarians calculates that £611m is needed over the next five years to bring Welsh and English libraries up to standard.
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