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Libraries, Registration and Archive Service Consultation

Post Decision Feedback

Thank you for taking the time to give us your views on the recent Libraries, Registration and Archives (LRA) consultation and KCC’s preferred model to commission a Charitable Trust to run the service.

The Cabinet Member for Community Service and Corporate Services, Mike Hill, OBE, carefully considered all the feedback and views that were received and these have been fully analysed. The analysis of the consultation, as well as summary key information can be found in the ‘Summary of Results’ section below.  

Having considered all the information, and following a full debate on the matter at Cabinet Committee, Kent County Council’s Cabinet has taken the decision that a move to a Trust does offer the most sustainable option for these services for the long term, and that we should move to such a model as soon as it is possible for all the elements of the Library, Registration and Archive service to do so.

KCC will in the meantime retain and transform the services in-house and we will be working to deliver the same outcomes that the Trust would have done as this will lay the foundation for the eventual move. We will also be exploring the different options for income generation that have emerged through the work on the trust proposal as it remains imperative that we deliver the required savings. KCC will also continue to work with the relevant government departments in order to achieve the necessary framework that will enable us to move forward.

We will provide more information as our plans for the future progress.

Thank you once again; your views and comments have been invaluable in helping us to consider all the options available for the future success of LRA services.  KCC remains passionately committed to delivering the best service possible to all the residents of Kent and strongly believe that the decision we have taken does represent the best way to achieve this.

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Consultation Update 12.05.15

The report for the Growth, Economic Development and Communities Cabinet Committee meeting on the 20th May 2015 is now available to download from the Summary of Results section below. 

This report highlights the findings of the recent Libraries, Registration and
Archives (LRA) service consultation and makes recommendations for the way forward. The appendices include the report of the consultation analysis, response to consultation concerns, mitigation and alternative proposals and the updated Equality Impact Assessment.

The full Agenda reports pack and webcast for the Cabinet Committee meeting can be accessed here.  

An Easy Read summary of the consultation findings will be available on this webpage shortly after the Cabinet Committee meeting. 

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Consultation Update 11.05.15

A report and proposed recommendation of the decision to be made for this consultation, along with any supporting documents, will be made available via the KCC website on 12 May 2015. As part of the democratic process any individual is able to comment on the documents and the Cabinet member will take those comments into account when making his final decision.

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Original consultation text 12th January to 8th April 2015:

Kent County Council (KCC) is transforming the way it delivers its services as well as reducing costs.

Library, Registration and Archive (LRA) services are valued by communities, which is why we have given a lot of consideration to how we deliver them for the future. From many options we have looked to find the most sustainable that will deliver customer-focused services and contribute to the savings KCC has to make.

KCC’s preferred option is that we set up a Charitable Trust to deliver the LRA service.

KCC encourages you to consider the proposal and feedback your thoughts. No formal decision has been taken and we want to hear everyone's views.

  • The consultation document will provide you with information  on the proposal
  • You may like to read some Questions and Answers about the proposal, before completing the consultation questionnaire
  • We are running a series of roadshows across the county where you can talk to staff about the proposal. Please check the listing before attending as unforeseen circumstances may result in changes to the timetable. Find your nearest roadshow here.

Responses to the consultation will be considered before a decision is made on the Library, Registration and Archive service.

The consultation document is available in alternative formats and languages. Please speak to a member of staff at your library or email: alternativeformats@kent.gov.uk  

 For more information about the range of work LRA does, read out latest report.

This consultation has now closed.

Consultation Summary

Consultation Summary
Name Libraries, Registration and Archive Service Consultation
Description Kent County Council (KCC) is consulting on how to best deliver Library, Registration and Archive (LRA) services for the future. From many options we have looked to find the most sustainable that will deliver customer-focused services and contribute to the savings KCC has to make. KCC encourages you to consider the proposal and feedback your thoughts. No formal decision has been taken and we want to hear everyone's views. This consultation will run from 12th January until 8th April 2015 .
Dates From 12 Jan 2015 at 09:00 to 8 Apr 2015 at 17:00. The results were published on 12 May 2015.
Status Complete
Consulting Organisation Type Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge & Malling, Tunbridge Wells
Consultation Topic Libraries and archives
Consultation Methods Online survey / questionnaire / forms, Other survey / questionnaire / forms, Open responses (e.g. letters and email), Community event
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