On November 25th, the day of the much-anticipated and feared Spending Review, Prospect reps received the surprising and welcome news that the Library will see no cash reduction in Grant in Aid to 2010-21. Having anticipated 25-40% cuts, this was infinitely better than expected, though in real terms (once inflation is taken into account) it … Continue reading #High5Heritage!
Boston Spa's David Johnson gives Blind Jack Metcalfe the lowdown on heritage funding in Knaresborough town centre. York celebrates highwaymen, but Knaresborough's heroes had more peaceful occupations - Blind Jack was a road maker, and if he helped Turpin along we are sure it wasn't intentional! Don't forget - tweet your own pic to #high5heritage@prospectunion … Continue reading Building roads to the future
Every media campaign needs a pussy cat, and here is ours: - Support better funding or the pussy cat dies! Boston Spa Section's Anne stands before the Additional Storage building - a high-density hub containing just part of the BL's vast collections. Members and supporters at Boston Spa
Today's the day! - Please support Britain's national library, its museums and other heritage organisations by tweeting a selfie tagged #high5heritage and copying it to @prospectunion. The Library and other organisations are threatened with cuts of up to 40% in the forthcoming Spending Review. Coming on top of the 30% inflicted between 2010 and 2015, … Continue reading #High5heritage
Members - and retired members - are lucky if they have not noticed the recent problems with MyCSP, the government's administrator for the Civil Service Pension Scheme. Whether seeking accurate figures for a Voluntary Exit compensation payment; a timely payment of pension after retirement; or simply an annual statement of pension expectations, British Library staff … Continue reading More pension issues
For the last decade or more, the Library has been running periodic Voluntary Exit programmes, in response or to restructures or to funding cuts. Some people have happily left with cheers to begin their retirement; others with great reluctance, feeling they had no choice. Since 2010, these exercises have come thick and fast as the … Continue reading Farewell to so many years of experience.
This is just a quick reminder for Boston Spa Section staff - particularly those who live in York or nearby - that there are still places available on the "Heritage in a cold climate" event, to be held from 5.30 to 8pm at King's Manor, York (just outside the walls, diagonally opposite Bootham Bar). It's … Continue reading Don’t delay – sign up today
Polly Tonybee writes powerfully today about the plight of National Gallery staff. Their work increasingly outsourced and downgraded to comply with draconian cuts, they are the only Museum staff in London not be paid the living wage.
Members who watched part one of Jacques Peretti's documentary, "The Super-Rich and Us" on BBC2 on January 8th may have spotted a familiar logo. Peretti's programme discussed the theory of trickle-down economics, and how these have led instead to widening disparities in wealth as Britain seeks to attract ever larger numbers of the international super-rich … Continue reading Fame at last!