Proposal for a commissioned library service
In November 2015, the council’s Executive agreed to begin a joint commissioning process with the London Borough of Bexley to tender library services. Although LB Bexley decided not to proceed any further with the process, Bromley Council remains committed to the tender process and are currently part way through this process which is due to conclude later in the year.
This decision was made in the context that over the coming years the council will need to continue to deliver multimillion pound savings from its budgets annually, and was informed by a full options appraisal, public consultation, engagement with staff, and market intelligence gained from a soft market testing exercise. The tender invited potential interested service providers to submit an application to deliver library services on behalf of and under the supervision of the councils, creating a commissioned library service.
It is anticipated that a report making recommendations about whether or not to award a contract will be considered by Bromley Council in early 2017. Following the decision of the council’s Executive on 18 October it was confirmed that the six community libraries are also included in this tender for direct delivery with the eight core libraries.
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