All across Northamptonshire the public are coming together to form protest groups, start petitions and set up Facebook pages to save their own individual library in the face of the County Council’s proposed cuts to library services.
This site supports a common, shared solution for all of our libraries.
We call on the public to reject all three of the options being put forward by the County Council, and respond to the consultation asking for “Option 4” instead. This is a “none of the above” option – which they are not currently giving people to chance to suggest and it calls for the Council withdraw the proposals in their entirety!
The most that the Council are aiming to save from their proposed cuts is £1.2m. Whilst this is obviously still a lot of money, it is relatively small when viewed against the total savings of £37 million+ that they are looking for – especially when you take into account the impact and controversial nature of these proposals.
Northamptonshire has one of the fastest growing populations in the country, but based on the Census in 2011, the population was 691,952 people. This means that the saving of £1.2m works out at 3.3p per person per week for a year. Of course, the population has grown a lot in six years, so the saving is actually less per person than 3.3p per person, per week in the county.
We know following a comment from the Deputy Leader of the County Council recently that this agenda is being driven from central government.
We also know from a leaked letter that the Leader of the Council is deliberately bringing these cuts forward now so as not to damage Conservative election prospects in the Borough Council elections of May 2019.
Additionally we know that because of a recent independent report into the Council’s finances the they have been mismanaging local finances for a number of years, but most importantly are being offered help from the Local Government Association.
So we call on people to reject the Council’s current three options and demand the County Council remove the threat to libraries and step back from the edge, think again, and accept the offer of help from the Local Government Association which will save our public libraries and the vital role they play within our communities.
Support “Option 4” – to keep all of our public libraries open and operated by the County Council – because to lose any of them would save relatively little money but be a huge loss to our residents and their communities.
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