To: Westminster City Council

Protect our library services

Protect our library services

We call on Westminster City Council to halt its plans to take the axe to our much loved local library services.

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Why is this important?

Libraries are a vital source of learning and education in our communities. They are a cherished public good we cannot do without.

It is deeply concerning that the Council plans to cut £750,000 per year from the Westminster Libraries budget. This is the equivalent of more than 17 full-time members of staff. In effect this would mean losing qualified librarians who have a passion for helping our communities access life-long learning and education.

There are alternatives. The Council should be looking at ways of generating revenues, not just cutting. It could look at raising money through digital access to the council’s treasure trove of books and maps in the City Archives.

On top of that, Westminster City Council doesn't seem to think it necessary to consult the community. That only adds insult to injury.

We call for the Council to halt its plans and rethink its approach. We must protect our library services.

Westminster, London

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Reasons for signing

  • Libraries are a key part of our communities
  • Public funding should aim to celebrate and share different cultures, it is such a shame that a lack of funding will jeopardise this institution and the services it offers.
  • Without libraries, literacy will decrease and this is not what a developed country should be aiming for...

Updates

2017-04-11 13:30:14 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-10-20 22:28:54 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-10-14 00:31:31 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-10-13 11:41:07 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-10-13 09:17:58 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-10-12 22:23:19 +0100

10 signatures reached