Monthly Archives: February 2011

MLA and GCC say Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries are not “real people”

We had been told that the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) who are “the eyes and ears” for the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and who oversee libraries, have been working with Gloucestershire County Council on their … Continue reading

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Legal challenge launched to GCC library cuts

The following statement has been released by Public Interest Lawyers: Public Interest Lawyers, on behalf of clients in Gloucestershire and Somerset, today launched the first major legal challenge to County Councils’ plans to slash the number of public libraries. The … Continue reading

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Opposition councillors – ‘£0.6m windfall could save 10 libraries’

Opposition councillors on Gloucestershire County Council have identified the central government distributed ‘new homes bonus’ as a potential source of funding to save the county’s library service. The following press release has been distributed by the County Council’s Liberal Democrat group: … Continue reading

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11,129 children in Gloucestershire took part in The Summer Reading Challenge

Gloucestershire Library Service is promoting The Summer Reading Challenge with the following statement. “In Gloucestershire, 11,129 children (5113 boys and 6076 girls) took part in the Summer Reading Challenge last year and a record 7,992 children (71%) completed by reading … Continue reading

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Report of County Council meeting – Tory budget proposals approved

Yesterday (16th February), the County Council met to vote on budget proposals. The outcome was predictable, with the Tory majority voting the proposals through whilst other Councillors voted against. The library issue was debated extensively, with opposition Councillors proposing an … Continue reading

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GCC Leader: ‘Library closures show how hard times are’ – Our response

Gloucestershire County Council leader Mark Hawthorne has written a piece about the Tory administration’s slashing of our library service, which appeared in the local media soon after yesterday’s crunch budget vote. The piece make several claims which are inaccurate, and … Continue reading

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‘Scrutiny’ committee farce – Local democracy dealt another blow

Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries tonight witnessed yet another failure of democracy in Gloucestershire. Following a ‘call in’ by opposition councillors of the library proposals a ‘scrutiny’ meeting was called. The Chair was a Conservative and the majority of people on … Continue reading

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