Pembrokeshire council to outsource key services

Pembrokeshire council has approved plans to outsource its culture and leisure services due to ‘unprecedented financial pressures’.

With the council hoping the move will ‘generate significant financial savings’, the services will now be run by a charitable trust with a separate subsidiary set to manage tourism.

Libraries, leisure centres and sports pitches will all be run externally in a move consultants say could save up to £1,598,000 over the next five years.

A spokesman for the council said: "The primary reason for embarking on the process was to seek an innovative way of continuing to generate significant financial savings while protecting valued front-line services."

However, trade union Unison has claimed that the council was acting on ‘risky and doubtful promises’. Hundreds of people signed Unison's petition to ‘stop the outsourcing of council services’.

Vic Dennis, secretary of Unison's Pembrokeshire branch, said: “The council is prepared to lose its award winning services on the risky and doubtful promises of overpaid consultants. This [money] could have been used to retain much-needed and valued services for this county and the staff who deliver them."