Live Argyll is set to be chosen as the name for a trust taking over libraries, museums and leisure centres across Argyll and Bute in a multi-million pound deal.
The transfer of council services – and 264 staff – was part of the £10m cost-cutting measures agreed by the council 18 months ago but it is now expected to take effect in October this year.
The new charitable body will have responsibility for libraries, archives, museums, leisure facilities, halls and community centres which are currently run by the council, leasing buildings which will still be owned by the council.
Andrew Nisbet, formerly a Liberal Democrat councillor in Helensburgh, will chair the trust and Kevin Anderson, currently a financial manager for the council, will become the trust’s general manager next month.
Councils across Scotland, including Glasgow, have set up similar bodies in recent years, and Argyll and Bute hopes the move will save over £500,000 a year in non-domestic rates and VAT.
The initial contract is expected to be for ten years, and the council will pay an annual management fee of approximately £3.6m to the trust, with staff being transferred via a ‘TUPE’ process which means their pensions will be unaffected.
The details, including the name of the trust and proposed logo, will be considered by the council’s policy and resources committee next Thursday.