A plan to reshape cultural services across Leicestershire and deliver savings of £1.9 million will be discussed by councillors next week.
Leicestershire County Council’s ruling cabinet will look at a new strategy for the authority’s communities and wellbeing service.
The service is responsible for a range of cultural, educational and support services, including libraries, museums and heritage sites, the Record Office of Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland and; Creative Learning Services.
Work to be carried out if the strategy is approved, includes:
- Looking at the potential to provide more services digitally,
- A trial of self-service access to potentially increase opening hours in libraries
- Explore the potential to develop extra income from services
We’ll have a significantly reduced budget for cultural services in the future, so we have had to look at new and different ways of working, while recognising how valued these services are to our residents.
The strategy, which has been re-shaped by responses to the recent consultation, outlines how we would like to ensure the service is fit for the future. We now need to develop the detail on how this will be achieved and to do this we will look at each area individually. This could include changes to venues and opening hours, but we won’t know until we do more work.Person:Councillor Richard Blunt, cabinet member for museums and heritage
The Providing Less; Supporting More strategy look at how communities and wellbeing services will be delivered from 2016 to 2020. Following feedback during the consultation, the strategy will look at targeted services, rather than Supporting Key Strategies in Preventing and Reducing Need.
The report will be presented to cabinet at its meeting Monday, 18 July at 2pm. The meeting will be webcast live, or a recording can be watched the next day onwards.