STAFF at libraries in North East Lincolnshire are bracing themselves
for reduced working hours.
The premises are run by the company Lincs Inspire which is expected to cut services in response to a reduced grant from North East Lincolnshire Council.
The libraries in Cleethorpes and Waltham may even close for at least one day between Monday and Friday.
Lincs Inspire is due to publish a report outlining its intentions within the next few weeks.
At today’s NELC leisure scrutiny panel meeting, chairman Cllr Keith Brookes insisted that the panel should be kept updated.
There has been speculation that paid professional librarians might be replaced by volunteers, a change that the chairman would resist.
“It is important that we retain professional staff with appropriate expertise,”he declared.
Coun Tim Mickleburgh said that, if there were to be cuts in staffing, bosses at Lincs Inspire should be required to take a pay cut.
“After all, they will have less responsibility,”he said.
NELC’s finance portfolio, Cllr Matthew Patrick, replied that Lincs Inspire was an autonomous organisation responsible for determining how much its executives were paid.