Libraries are a vital source of learning and education in our communities. They are a cherished public good we cannot do without.
It is deeply concerning that Westminster Council plans to cut £750,000 per year from the Westminster Libraries budget. This is the equivalent of more than 17 full-time members of staff. In effect this would mean losing qualified librarians who have a passion for helping our communities access life-long learning and education.
There are alternatives. The Council should be looking at ways of generating revenues, not just cutting. It could look at raising money through digital access to the council’s treasure trove of books and maps in the City Archives.
On top of that, Westminster City Council doesn't seem to think it necessary to consult the community. That only adds insult to injury.
We call for the Council to halt its plans and rethink its approach. We must protect our library services.