How would an external organisation be held to account? What would be the relationship between the council and the external organisation? What do councillors do?

The statutory responsibility to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service under the 1964 Public Libraries Act would continue to rest with Devon County Council. Therefore, we have a particular interest in ensuring the accountability of any new organisation. This would most likely be managed through a contract arrangement, the Council paying the new organisation through a funding agreement and being able to monitor performance against the terms of the contract. In addition, the organisation would be regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Companies House and/or the Charity Commission.