Friday, April 19, 2013

Another False Economy
– Redbridge Vision Style

Photo by Julian Walker under creative commons

One thing we have to be thankful for here in Redbridge, unlike some other London Boroughs, is that our Library services have been protected during this period of cut-backs and austerity. When I say protected I mean that the Libraries have remained open and indeed we even have a new Library in Seven Kings. But there have been “efficiency” savings made. The operation is now “self-service” and the number of Librarians has been drastically reduced. This means that the assistance available to users to find out if a book is available, where it is, or how to book a computer session is much thinner on the ground. And the librarians who are there, are not there in sufficient numbers to er, well, maintain order and the smooth running of the library for all users.

So, what is the answer to this problem? Security Guards is the answer; as reported by the Ilford Recorder. All we need to do now is to get these new “security guards” trained up in how to provide library services.

This is the latest in a long line of similar examples where cutting front line staff numbers to save on the budget results in the budget savings being spent on employing other people to cover up the mess made by the original decision.

Remember Bus Conductors? Who were eventually replaced in London by an additional 440 Transport Police Officers and marketed as a success story by the London Mayor.

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