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Community groups asked to take on Wakefield libraries
29.08.12 | Joshua Farrington
Community groups in West Yorkshire are banding together in an attempt to take over libraries around Wakefield, with council proposing to cut funding from 12 of them.
The libraries have been earmarked as the council looks to make £800,000-worth of savings in its library service, according to local news reports. Wakefield Council will maintain 14 other libraries in the area.
Several groups are now working together in an attempt to recruit volunteers and apply for grants that could help keep the services open, with the council allocating £100,000 to help these community-led services to get off the ground. Each group is able to claim £12,500 if they can demonstrate the future sustainability of the project.
Groups have until 10th September to put in submissions for the first round of funding.