Category Archives: The National Picture of Cuts

The Library Campaign Conference

On Saturday 22nd October, library campaigners from across the country met at the University of London to share ideas and experiences, and discuss ways forward in the fight to save our libraries. The conference, co-organised by Voices for the Library and The Library … Continue reading

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The Women’s Institute to campaign for libraries

We are thrilled to have received the news that the National Federation of Women’s Institutes voted in favour of campaigning in support of public libraries at their AGM today. Ruth Bond, Chair of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, said: … Continue reading

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FoGL meet with DCMS officials over concerns around GCC’s library plans

Yesterday, representatives of library user group Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries travelled to Westminster to meet with officials from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). DCMS is the central government department with responsibility for superintending local authority’s provision of … Continue reading

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FoGL march for the alternative

A number of FoGL supporters travelled to London on Saturday (26th March) for the TUC-organised ‘March for the Alternative’, to express their opposition to savage cuts to our libraries and other vital public services. Judging by the placards and banners … Continue reading

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Government consult on removing councils’ obligation to provide a ‘comprehensive and efficient’ public library service

The national library campaign group Voices for the Library has posted the following notification online, important for all who care about the future of our public libraries nationwide: The government have launched a review of statutory duties placed on local government. … Continue reading

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MPs Richard Graham and Neil Carmichael back GCC library plans despite local opposition

On 28th February, Gloucestershire MPs Richard Graham (Con – Gloucester) and Neil Carmichael (Con – Stroud) took part in a parliamentary debate on the ‘Big Society’. Unsurprisingly, libraries came up in the debate, with Richard Graham particularly commenting on Matson Library, earmarked for … Continue reading

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Smoke, mirrors and double standards

Several weeks ago I wrote a blog post about how the MLA and Gloucestershire County Council do not consider library campaigners as ‘real people’. I also reported that the officer overseeing the library cuts, Cllr Noble, is now responding to … Continue reading

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