No return on library spending till 2020

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It will take Dumfries and Galloway Council six years to start to make any money from their cost-cutting library, registration and customer services integration.

Wigtown West Councillor Jim McClung pointed this out to council officials at this week’s area committee meeting. With the ongoing costs of the work on converting local libraries standing at £348,771 and the annual revenue savings at £57,000, there was a long way to go to start seeing any savings being made, he commented.

When informed by a council officer that the improvements were covered by spending from capital funds and the savings were coming off the revenue budget, Councillor McClung retorted: “At the end of the day its still council money.”

Members also asked for more information on all the work done by the property and architectural services on council properties in connection with the controversial integration policy.