New Closure Threats

The Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) reported in October that more local authorities are looking at the possibility of slashing library service budgets and closing branches in the process.

Named local authorities include Sheffield City Council, Neath Port Talbot Council and Sunderland City Council.

Library campaigner Geoffrey Dron says a lack of action from central government over closures was allowing local authorities to target library services with severe cuts.

“The refusal of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport to intervene in the Bolton, Brent, Isle of Wight and Lewisham cases has emboldened local authorities to act in this way. Closing libraries or handing them over to volunteers has become an easy substitute for radical solutions such as sharing services which would upside vested interests in local government”


About s1bc

Chairman of library support group and chief blogger. Active library user since childhood and beyond. Book devourer. Grandparent and pensioner. Fighter for libraries.
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