Closing the libraries
Extremely well considered blog post on the heartbreaking decisions ahead for our wonderful libraries
Well the news is in and the news isn’t good. On 15th August a proposal will go to the meeting of Liverpool City Council in the Town Hall to close eleven of our nineteen libraries.
Before I list those threatened and those to stay, a bit of context from when I attended one of the public consultation events back in May. I wrote then:
“Liverpool gets 76% of its funding from Central Government. And they’re going to cut this by half by 2016/17.
Therefore the City Council has been forced to decide to cut its mandatory services, including libraries, by 25%. And its discretionary services, like sports and culture, by 50%. In the case of libraries this will mean an annual budget of £10m being reduced by £2.5m.
The Council has been running a survey (which I’ve written about before) to gather facts and opinions about…
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