Decision details

Gloucestershire Libraries National Portfolio Organisation

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Fire, Community Safety and Libraries

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


1) Accept Arts Council England funding of £750,000 over a 3-year term, commencing 1st April 2023; and

2) To agree that an independent oversight board be set up to oversee the appropriate use of funding



In coming to this decision I have given due and full regard to the requirements of the public sector equality duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) by reference to the law itself and also the relevant Equality Impact Assessment, which was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Act.


Having fully considered all the available information, I have decided to reject the alternative options and take the recommended decision to:


Delegate authority to the Head of Libraries & Registration, to enter into an agreement with Arts Council England to become a National Portfolio Organisation from 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2026.

Delegate authority to the Head of Libraries & Registration, to establish a board to provide independent oversight of the Council’s funding agreement and the Council’s quarterly reporting to Arts Council England.


For the reasons set out in the report.


Publication date: 13/02/2023

Date of decision: 10/02/2023

Effective from: 21/02/2023

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