Flintshire to Oldham

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The MLA was abolished in 2012,  with the Arts Council taking over its role for libraries with a budget of £3m rather than £13m that the previous quango possessed.  The Book Trust has also had its funding halved (from £13m 2010 to £6m in 2012). There are 151 authorities in England, 206 in the UK.

  • #1 written by Anne Laws
    about 10 months ago

    Nycc Library Consultation -Update on the consultation

    On 7 July 2015 the council’s executive committee agreed to the recommendations in the library report. They agreed that from Spring 2017 there would be seven core libraries, i.e. one in each district council area, which would have 60 per cent of their current staffing levels; five hybrid libraries which would have 40 per cent of their current staffing levels; and 21 community managed libraries.

    You can read the report and associated documents from this meeting here.see Nycc website

    The executive also agreed to provide an element of staffing (between five and 15 hours) to assist each community library to become established, and to subsidise the rent and utility costs where these costs exceed income.

    An update report on the progress made in different communities will be going to policy and partnerships overview and scrutiny committee on 16 November (report and associated documents available Nycc website) and then to the executive on 8 December (report and associated documents available Nycc

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