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library_protest_sq.pngFollowing the demonstration outside Marylebone Library on 5th November, Councillor Adam Hug has organised another petition calling for a halt to Westminster Council’s proposed £750,000 cut from the libraries budget:

“We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to halt its planned cut of £750,000 from the library service budget that would see the equivalent of 17 ½ full-time members of staff, mostly librarians, lose their jobs. The council should open a full public consultation and find alternative methods for raising the funding required in order to protect Westminster’s vital library service.”

You can sign the petition here and find out more about our campaign here.

Petition to halt Westminster Council’s proposed £750,000 libraries cut

Following the demonstration outside Marylebone Library on 5th November, Councillor Adam Hug has organised another petition calling for a halt to Westminster Council’s proposed £750,000 cut from the libraries budget:...

queen_mother_sports_centre_sq.pngSport and leisure centres are a vital part of our communities - and for the community of Victoria and Pimlico, London SW1, that facility is the fantastic Queen Mother Sports Centre.

The centre offers local residents three swimming pools, a gym, basketball and squash courts and more - including a health and fitness clinic.

But now it's under threat.

Westminster Council is currently considering proposals to develop the site and surrounding area. There's a public consultation on the plans which you can take part in it here (it closes on 18 November 2016).

Westminster's Labour councillors are calling on the Council to protect the sports and leisure services currently offered by the site. 

We've set up a petition that you can sign right here. If you care about keeping these services for the community as much as we do, please add your name to it and spread the word!

 

Protect the Queen Mother Sports Centre

Sport and leisure centres are a vital part of our communities - and for the community of Victoria and Pimlico, London SW1, that facility is the fantastic Queen Mother Sports Centre....

joanna_lumley_sq.pngJoanna Lumley has joined our fight to keep Berwick Street Market independent.

From the Evening Standard:

"Joanna Lumley is supporting traders at a 250-year-old Soho street market in their bid to keep it “independent”.

The actress said it would be a “huge loss” to London if the six-days-a-week Berwick Street market disappeared in its current form because of Westminster council’s plans to award a management contract to a private company.

The star of Absolutely Fabulous, 70, who buys flowers and fruit from the market, is one of almost 9,500 people to sign a petition “to stop the privatisation” due to come into force in spring.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN AND SIGN THE PETITION 

Joanna Lumley joins campaign to save Berwick Street Market

Joanna Lumley has joined our fight to keep Berwick Street Market independent. From the Evening Standard: "Joanna Lumley is supporting traders at a 250-year-old Soho street market in their bid to keep...

mayfair_library_sq.jpgWestminster Labour Group is deeply concerned and angered by proposals from Westminster Council that would see massive cuts to our vital library services.

The Conservative Council has produced plans that would cut £750,000 per year from the WestminsterLibraries budget and at the heart of these cuts are plans to remove the equivalent of 17 ½ full-time members of staff. Overwhelmingly the roles that would be lost are the qualified librarians whose expertise and passion for reading help make Westminster’s libraries a hugely valued part of our community.

Westminster Labour believes the Council must think again about how to support our vital library services. It could instead look at innovative ways to raise revenue, for example through improved (international) digital access to the council’s treasure trove of rare books and maps in the City Archives. At present there do not seem to be plans to consult the public about the impact of this major change, something WestminsterLabour believes should be a basic requirement before any decision is taken.

Westminster Labour Leader Councillor Adam Hug said:

“Despite Theresa May’s recent, clearly empty, rhetoric, Westminster’s Conservative Council is carrying on with deep cuts to vital services. Qualified librarians help make reading come alive for children and adults alike, making our libraries the beating heart of many of our communities.

In Westminster we’ve seen this story before many times, most notably in our children’s centres where skilled staff were steadily removed through ‘salami-slicing’ cuts and now they provide only a fraction of the vital services that they used to. Labour will fight to stop our libraries becoming empty shells and instead remain as a vital resource for our community. Westminster Labour Group is deeply concerned and angered by proposals from Westminster Council that would see massive cuts to our vital library services.”

 

Westminster Labour anger at Tory plans for huge library cuts

Westminster Labour Group is deeply concerned and angered by proposals from Westminster Council that would see massive cuts to our vital library services. The Conservative Council has produced plans that would cut £750,000 per year... Read more

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The ‘Evening Standard’ reports:

“Westminster Council came under fire for spending tens of thousands of pounds on chauffeur-driven cars as it prepares to slash funded childcare for primary pupils.

The council was criticised as figures revealed the “unjustifiable” spend on a Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph and Audi A8L. The Lord Mayor, six former Lord Mayors and five Alderman of the City have access to the vehicles for hundreds of “engagements” every year.

Westminster spent nearly £30,000 leasing the Audi over the last three years.

It spent a further £11,800 running it along with the Rolls-Royce, which it bought for £90,000, last year alone.

Thousands more were spent on fuel, congestion charges, insurance and repairs and maintenance on running both in the previous two years.

The Freedom of Information figures came as it emerged last month that nearly 50 play workers and support staff were set to be axed as part of plans to cut youth services.

The staff, who provide after-school and holiday play sessions for hundreds of children at schools and community centres across the borough, look set to lose their jobs as part of plans to save £152,000 this year, and £170,000 next (2016/17), from the Children’s Centres, Youth Provision and Play Provision budgets.

The local authority is cutting £1.3 million overall, meaning spending on subsidies to help working parents pay for childcare looks set to be slashed.

A spokesman today confirmed that subsidies for parents will no longer be offered “universally”.”

http://linkis.com/www.standard.co.uk/n/Cei3S

The story is also in the ‘Mirror’

http://linkis.com/www.mirror.co.uk/new/OhgST

Westminster Council splashes out on £90,000 Rolls-Royce as it cuts childcare

The ‘Evening Standard’ reports: “Westminster Council came under fire for spending tens of thousands of pounds on chauffeur-driven cars as it prepares to slash funded childcare for primary pupils. The...

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