Martha Parry : Questions to Cabinet : 22nd July 2009
QUESTION TO CABINET : MARTHA PARRY : 22 JULY 2009
Questions : Martha Parry : on behalf of the Swindon Federation of Community Organisations
1. Why is the ERS report not included as an appendix to this report?
2. Has the Council in negotiating with DASH considered the provisions of the COMPACT with the
voluntary sector, with regard to volunteers being 'used' to replace direct services employees?
How, for instance, in 2.4.12, do you square the volunteers working "alongside
library staff to develop
their skills" with the next sentence which says "The proposal would mean reducing the library staff
two to single staffing and extending the 'opening hours' ...." ?
Have you considered how much training and support will be required before you can
leave volunteers to
offer what WAS a professional service in extended hours? Is this not a poorly considered case of "having
your cake and eating it too"?
3. Can the Arts Centre Review, in considering the possibility of co-locating the Old Town Library
there, please ALSO look specifically at the potential of the adjoining premises at No. 7, Devizes Road,
with a view to achieving a fuller spectrum community facility to serve the whole of the Southern District of
Swindon (including Wichelstowe)?
Could the Federation offer a town-wide vehicle for consideration and provision of the
wide service plan which ERS calls for?
Martha agreed to receive a response from Cabinet later