We need to make large-scale cuts and, if we do this to Devon Heritage Service as it is currently arranged, there will be a detrimental effect on opening hours, public access, standards of care and staffing levels.
We believe that the trust model represents the best option for sustaining levels of public service. It will enable us to have an on-going relationship with the trust, but with reduced financial dependence.
Experience shows that for an organisation to be successful it needs to be of a certain size. Devon Heritage Service is too small to operate as a workable trust on its own.
Both county councils will maintain the ownership of their collections and the collections will remain at their own heritage centres.
Both councils will also retain statutory responsibility to manage their collections, but this will be carried out on their behalf by the new trust through a service agreement.
The model anticipates a five year funding arrangement between the trust and the county councils. As the trust establishes itself, it will be able to secure a greater proportion of its funding through fundraising, donations and marketing opportunities.