Today it occurred to me that while the Chancellor (you know, that evil-looking bloke in charge of the money) announced in the spending review that museums will continue to be free entry, and open to all, Barnet Council is doing something shocking to the Borough's museums. In December, we found out that they are withdrawing funding from both Barnet Museum and Church Farmhouse Museum in Hendon. Barnet Museum is free entry, like many museums in London, and staffed by volunteers. So part of the Big Society that fluffy brain in Number 10 is going on about. So funding a local museum should be a priority for Barnet Council.
Oh no. This is Barnet - home of the Easy Council. They claim that they need to cut spending by 26% (a figure obtained from their Museums Consultation) and that the museums have a high cost. Now people, this is the same Barnet Council who;
1. Voted a nice pay rise for themselves in May 2010, after the local elections.
2. Charge an extortionate amount of council tax (nearly £2000 for my Dad, more than doubled in the last 10 years)
3. When they hiked up council tax around eight years ago, they awarded council chief execs a pay rise.
So, Barnet Council, instead of looking at valuable community assets to make your cuts, look at your wage bill and the excessive amount your chiefs take home.