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Brum consults on £2.3m library cuts


Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council has launched a consultation on how it will cut £2.3m from its library budget.

Museums and libraries receive £33m cash injection


Nearly 70 museums and libraries across England are to receive £33m in the latest round of the Government's Cultural Investment Fund.

Two-thirds of councils to cut neighbourhood services


Community services will have to be ‘drastically scaled back’ or cut altogether without further funding for councils, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Culture spend down by £500m


Analysis has uncovered an almost £500m reduction in councils’ spending on libraries, culture, heritage and tourism since the onset of austerity.

Council saves Manchester’s ‘earliest surviving’ document


What is believed to be the earliest surviving written document in Greater Manchester has been preserved for posterity by the city council.

Support programme for libraries launched


A charity representing public libraries has launched a support programme for council library services facing spending cuts.

£450k to kick-start library transformation


A Manchester library has been awarded £453,964 to transform its Grade II Listed building and preserve its historic collections.

Public services ‘in a dire state’


No public services are performing better than before the pandemic and satisfaction with councils has dropped, a report has found.

Council to shut 39 facilities


North Lanarkshire Council has decided to close 39 community facilities in response to its financial shortfall.

Public libraries generate £3.4bn a year, study finds


England’s public libraries generate at least £3.4bn each year, a landmark new analysis has revealed.

Amnesty sees library book returned 50 years late


A library book amnesty in East Sussex has seen the return of a book that is nearly half a century overdue.

UNISON launches action figures of ‘unsung heroes’


Public sector union UNISON has launched a range of council worker action figures to celebrate the ‘unsung heroes’ working on the frontlines.

Embracing the local library


Libraries play an important role in communities. Isobel Hunter, chief executive, Libraries Connected, argues that councils should promote their benefits more.

Islington Council scraps library fines


Islington residents who have an overdue library book can now return it without fear of being penalized, the local authority has said.

Over 70 cultural venues set for £60m investment


More than 70 libraries, museums and arts centres are to be given a £60m boost, culture secretary Lucy Frazer has announced.

Cultural institutions face ‘existential threat’, MPs warn


Theatres, museums and leisure centres in historically left behind areas are facing an ‘existential threat’ from the cost-of-living crisis, MPs warn.

‘Warm bank’ libraries call for extra funds


Library have warned that without additional funding they will struggle to cope with the extra demand of people looking for somewhere warm this winter.

Libraries providing ‘warm refuges’ under pressure


Libraries are providing ‘refuges’ to people who are struggling with the cost of living, but the increasing price of energy is putting budgets under pressure.

Library demand surges due to cost of living crisis


The Government has been told not to ‘take libraries for granted’ as survey reveals the cost of living crisis has increased demand for library services.

England’s poorest areas hit hardest by austerity


Residents living in England’s most deprived areas were hit hardest by the largest local authority spending cuts during a decade of austerity, think tank says.

Nottingham City Council defends decision to close three libraries


The leader of Nottingham City Council has defended the local authority’s decision to close down three libraries in the face of a backlash.

Survey warns of 'bleak' fiscal reality for libraries


Library income fell by nearly £20m over the last financial year, an annual survey has revealed.

Council spending on the arts has halved since 2010


Local authority expenditure on cultural services has fallen by 50% across England since 2009-2010, according to new research.

Councils highlight role of libraries in national recovery from COVID-19


Councils are warning investment in libraries is crucial to help children catch up on lost learning and support local communities post-pandemic.

Children's Laureate calls for £100m ring-fenced school library fund


Waterstones Children's Laureate has written an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for a £100m yearly ring-fenced fund for primary schools libraries.

Union calls for libraries to be ‘completely closed’ during lockdown


A public sector union has called for libraries to be completely closed to protect library workers during the lockdown.

Spending on libraries drops by £20m in past year


The total spend on British libraries has fallen by nearly £20m in the past financial year, new figures have revealed.

Councils see 600% boom in digital library memberships


The number of people signing up to online library services has increased by 600% in some areas since the coronavirus lockdown.

Counties warn about service closures during coronavirus


Councils are being forced to close or reduce more services in order to divert resources to fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Bromley's eight-month strike comes to an end


An eight-month long strike at Bromley’s library services has finally ended following an agreement between Unite and the employer, Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL).

Council leases library to Holocaust education project


Cumbria County Council has agreed to provide a Holocaust education project with a long lease to a library building in memory of the Windermere Children.

Research reveals 'shocking' cuts to local services


Hundreds of youth centres, libraries and public toilets have been closed due to council funding cuts, a trade union has warned.

Decade of austerity sees dramatic drop in library spending


Ten years of cuts to public services has seen a nearly 30% drop in library spending, new research has revealed.

Library strike ‘longest-running employment dispute of modern times’


A strike by library workers in Bromley, south east London, is set to enter its sixth month.

Council sets out plan to build 1,000 social homes


Nottingham City Council has committed to building or buying 1,000 council houses and creating thousands of new jobs over the next decade.

Whitehall announces £250m of culture spending


The Government has announced £250m of funding for cultural projects, libraries, museums and the creative industries after a decade of cuts.

Leeds to abolish fines for overdue library books


Leeds is the latest council to join a growing number abolishing fines for overdue library books.

Northants gives green light to 17 community-run libraries


Northamptonshire County Council has approved the business cases of 17 community-run libraries as part of a plan to safeguard the future of the authority’s library service.

Council charity to run Hertfordshire's libraries


Hertfordshire County Council is set to save £500,000 in business rates by transferring its libraries to a charity it set up for the purpose.

Council drops plans to close ‘third of libraries’ after outcry


Essex County Council has done a U-turn on its plan to close nearly a third of its libraries after a consultation received thousands of responses opposing it.

Somerset council signs six ‘community library partnerships’


Somerset County Council signed six ‘community library partnerships’ last week in a move that will help maintain library services in the face of cuts.

Cheshire East comes top in national library survey


Cheshire East is celebrating once again taking the top spot in a national survey of library services.

Council spending on cultural services slashed by £400m


Council spending on cultural resources such as museums, libraries, and the arts has been reduced by almost £400m over the last eight years of austerity, new research has revealed.

Five areas to share £20m cultural development fund


The five areas to receive £20m of funding to invest in culture have been unveiled by the Government.

Councils slash library budgets by £30m, survey reveals


The number of libraries across the country has continued to decline as cash-strapped councils reduce their spending on the service, survey reveals.

Study launched into future of public libraries


A new project to explore how libraries can be funded, managed and delivered in the future has been launched today by Libraries Connected and CILIP.

Neighbourhood services a 'serious concern', report warns


A new report has highlighted 'serious concerns' over the future quality of neighbourhood services and adult social care unless councils receive adequate funding in the next spending review.

Libraries support people with mental health issues, say council chiefs


Local government leaders have described how novel library services are helping people cope with a range of mental health problems.

Northamptonshire library closures ruled ‘unlawful’


The decision to close 21 council-run libraries in Northamptonshire was made unlawfully, a court has ruled.

Funding awarded to deliver six innovative library projects


Recycled robots and ‘libraries at night’ are just some of the projects chosen to receive funding from the Library Lab initiative.

Council installs CCTV after library sex incident


Isle of Wight Council has been forced to upgrade security measures at a local library after a couple were caught having sex among the bookshelves.

Bromley library staff strike over ‘paltry’ pay offer


A number of Bromley’s library staff went on strike today in response to what their union describes as a ‘paltry and insulting’ pay offer.

Council faces government probe into library cuts


Northamptonshire County Council is facing a government investigation over its decision to close 21 libraries.

County at ‘crisis point’ announces revised budget


Northamptonshire County Council has announced revised budget savings after being warned by auditors to revise its spending plans.

Council spending on libraries falls by £66m in last year


Spending on libraries has fallen for the seventh year running because of the squeeze on council funding, according to financial experts.

Online hub created for councils to share innovative ways to invest in culture


Financially-squeezed councils can now access a specialised online hub designed to help them share innovative ways to invest in culture.

Study reveals drop in frequency of library use


Although one in two people in the UK continue to use their local library, there has been a significant drop in how often people visit them, new research has revealed.

North Yorkshire libraries to be run by community groups


Most libraries in North Yorkshire will be run by community groups and those under council management will be supported by volunteers in move to deal with cuts.

Winning libraries for innovation funding are revealed


A ‘human library’ and an indoor soft play facility around children’s literature are just some of the initiatives to receive money from the Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation fund.

Library services should be more accessible for e-readers, report says


Council library services should be doing more to encourage people to use e-readers, says survey.

Libraries hit by £25m in council cuts


Cash-strapped local libraries were hit by £25m worth of council cuts last year, accountancy body finds.

Councils back new vision for library services


Councils should use libraries to deliver a wider range of public services in a bid to reinvigorate the sector, a new report has argued.

Council proposes closing nearly all of its libraries


Walsall Council has put forward proposals to close 15 of the 16 libraries in their area in a bid to save £2.9m per year.

Not all libraries should be protected from closure argues charity


Libraries shouldn’t be given an automatic ‘get out of austerity free’ card just because they are libraries, a charity has argued.

Arts and culture funding to be shifted away from the capital


Funding for arts and culture outside of London will be increased by 4% by 2022, Arts Council England has announced.

Council library staff trained to help people file police reports


Library staff at Norfolk County Council will be helping people access police services as part of a six month pilot scheme.

Council’s plans to scrap mobile library ‘retrograde step’, says union


Union claims children’s literacy is threatened by Greenwich Council’s plans to close the borough’s mobile library service.

London authority handing library to prep school ‘on the cheap’, protesters claim


A London council has defended its decision to move a library to new premises while leasing the old building to a private school.

Protesters take over London library to halt closure


Protesters have occupied a library in south London in a bid to prevent it from being shut down temporarily.

Developer selected to regenerate Holborn sites


A regeneration developer has been selected to redevelop two sites in Holborn, including a public library.

Libraries get funding boost


The Arts Council have announced new funding for libraries totaling more than half a million pounds.

Councils could be ‘breaking the law’ by closing libraries, warn Unite.


Local authorities have a statutory duty to provide 'comprehensive and efficient' library services, and may be contravening this by shutting down libraries, the union warned yesterday.

Creating the public library of the future


Grant Palmer calls for local authorities to re-create and re-establish the public library as a community hub.

Reorganising troubled services


Tiffany Cloynes outlines some of the legal requirements councils must consider when reorganising services.

Local councils have a ‘statutory duty’ to protect libraries


Library services are being put at risk through a combination of neglect, short-term thinking and the failure of the Government to carry out their legal duty, according to the My Library By Right (MLBR) campaign.

East Sussex proposes reduction in library services to save £500,000


East Sussex Council is proposing to reduce library-opening hours in a bid to make annual savings of around £500,000.

Future of council-run libraries under threat after £50m slashed from budgets


Funding for council-run libraries was slashed by £50m over the last year bringing into question their long-term sustainability, according to the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

£2.6m promised to improve Wifi in libraries


Libraries will receive over £2.6m in funding to provide free WiFi to users, according to Arts Council England.

Libraries funded to run innovative digital inclusion activity


Sixteen libraries have been awarded funding by Tinder Foundation to run digital inclusion projects as part of a pilot designed to help people improve their IT skills.

Bristol gallery can keep Renoir painting


Bristol City Council has been told it can keep a Renoir painting which was owned by a Jewish family in Germany and sold at an auction organised by the Nazis

All children to be enrolled at a local library pledges minister


All children over 8-years old will automatically be enrolled at their local library, in a bid to improve literacy and stop the closure of public libraries.

Funding boost for free WiFi in libraries


All libraries in England will be able to offer free WiFi access from March 2016, following £7.1m funding from Arts Council England.

Libraries urged to find innovative fund raising strategies


Libraries need to become ‘risk-taking’ fundraisers if they are to stay afloat yet must retain their ‘core ethos’, a report says.

‘Ay up my duck!’ - Dolly Parton gives council exclusive new song


‘Nine-to-Five’ superstar Dolly Parton has praised Nottingham City Council for its support of child reading, gifting the town hall an exclusive new song to help local fundraising.

Local politicians more trusted than Whitehall finds poll


A new poll has revealed that residents trust their local politicians twice as much as their Westminster counterparts.

Councils predict 2015 will be a year of transformation


Council bosses believe that while 2015 will be a year of deeper cuts, it will also mark the start of a step-change in the way they deliver services, according to new research.

Cameron voices ‘anger’ over Birmingham Library closure plan


David Cameron has expressed ‘anger’ over planned cuts to opening hours at Birmingham Library put forward by the city council.

Pickles gives Enterprising Libraries a cash boost


Libraries that help local people set up their own business have been given a £650,000 funding boost.

Protesters disrupt Birmingham’s budget meeting


Protesters interrupted Birmingham’s annual budget meeting yesterday, shouting ‘shame on you’ as the council approved a £105m cuts package.

Talks begin to protect Birmingham’s library service


Birmingham City Council has welcomed a proposal for the Library of Birmingham to become a regional centre for the British Library.

Survey shows extent of pressure on library services


The number of libraries, visitors and books borrowed has continued to decline in the past year, according to new figures.

Minister unlikely to intervene on Sheffield’s library changes


Sheffield Council's plan to allow volunteers to run its 15 branch libraries have been branded ‘thorough and well considered’ by the Government.

City’s libraries poised for volunteer takeover


Volunteers are poised to take over almost half of a city’s libraries as part of cost cutting plans to save £1.6m.

County’s library closure plans put to public again


Lincolnshire County Council’s has been forced to put new library closure plans to public consultation after original ideas were blocked.

Weather-resistant Fiona wins top library award


A mobile library relief driver who worked through gales and heavy rain has won a top national award.

Liverpool warns 11 libraries at risk of closure


Liverpool City Council has warned 11 libraries are at risk of closure unless other ways of delivering services can be found.

Welsh councils urged to increase ‘vital’ library services


Library services in Wales are improving community life and delivering essential services, according to findings from a Welsh National Assembly committee.

Council told to renew thinking on libraries


A council that proposed to put volunteers in charge of libraries has been ordered to review its plans by the High Court.

Statutory services could face 25% funding cut at Liverpool


Liverpool City Council’s three-year budget could force statutory services to slash spending by a quarter as part of £156m savings plans.

Library staff numbers continue downward spiral


Library staff numbers have continued to fall, according to data compiled by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

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