………”The report to Cabinet states that next year the Council needs to make savings of around £26m because of a reduction of £12m in Welsh Government funding and more than £14m of extra spending pressures.
The savings programme includes tightly-controlling spending, continuing to drive down management and business costs, increasing income, doing things differently, working with others, providing more services online and encouraging people to help themselves.
The key elements of the report to Cabinet next week include:
• A new £300,000 Community Transformation Fund to provide business planning support to groups who want to set up their own community services.
• The proposed closure of Pennard Library to be put on hold to allow for further discussions and a review of library services.”
LIBRARY campaigners in Pennard are being told if next week’s council budget is approved by cabinet, they will have to work with Swansea Council to keep it going. It had been earmarked for closure but cabinet next week will be asked to look at the way in which the community can help run it. Nick Bradley, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “There were strong views expressed by residents and during the budget consultation process we listened very carefully to what they had to say. That’s why we want to look at what can be achieved through the council and the community working together to ensure the library has a sustainable long-term future. ”We’re proposing the council continues to operate Pennard Library for now while we work with the community.”