Over 70 library staff take redundancy in Hampshire

Over 70 library staff take redundancy in Hampshire

Many public sector workers, including 74 library staff, have agreed to take voluntary redundancy as Hampshire County Council looks to save £98m.

Around £2.7m worth of savings across a range of departments at the council will be made after employees have chosen to take redundancy, reported Portsmouth News.

Libraries are among the biggest affected with 74 staff choosing to take redundancy. Most of these are frontline library assistant staff. The cut to the library wage bill is set to save the council £947,000.

The Winchester-based authority covers Havant, East Hampshire, Fareham, and Gosport, and is set to launch a strategy to ‘modernise’ the library service in November. A report, due to go before the authority’s leader Councillor Roy Perry on Monday (21st September), said there will be a one-off investment to develop "self-service opportunities in larger libraries”.

Cllr Perry said: “While the majority of our revenue savings have to come from the core services where we spend the most money, community facilities such as our libraries, Trading Standards and outdoor attractions are also required to transform and modernise.”

Further savings will be made following the reduction of staff at Hantsdirect customer service branch, the closure the publication Hampshire Now and the scrapping of community grants.