Save Lambeth Libraries!

Submitted by Matthew on 18 February, 2015 - 1:21 Author: Ruth Cashman, Lambeth Unison Shop Steward

Lambeth Council has announced devastating cuts to the Library Service.

The proposals include:

• Closing half of Lambeth’s libraries

• The immediate sell-off of Minet and Waterloo Libraries

• Stopping funding to Carnegie, Durning and Upper Norwood Libraries

• Reducing the size of West Norwood and Brixton Libraries

• Replacing Libraries with bookshelves in pubs

Frankly, it’s a slap in the face to library staff, our Friends of Libraries Groups and the communities we serve. Labour was re-elected boasting that it kept all our libraries open. Where is that commitment to the services future now?

In November 2011, Councillor Steve Reed, Labour Leader of Lambeth Council said; “I’m excited about the future for Lambeth’s libraries. While other boroughs have been forced to close libraries thanks to Government funding cuts, thanks to Labour in Lambeth our library service is now secure for the future.”

Lambeth Library campaigners are no strangers to fighting for their services. Union and community campaigns defeated two rounds of redundancy proposals since the ConDem government. In the nineties a series of community occupations defeated planned library closures across the borough.

Join the Lobby Lambeth to Save Libraries at 6.30 at the 25 February Full Council Meeting at Lambeth Town Hall.

• Sign the petition

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