Cardiff plans to cut funding for six libraries

Cardiff plans to cut funding for six libraries

More than a quarter of Cardiff's libraries could will have council funding removed if budget proposals in the city are approved next year.

Cardiff Council has earmarked six of its 20 libraries where it is proposing to "cease council funding" - Radyr, Whitchurch, Rhiwbina, Rhydpennau, Cathays and Roath.

The council has said it will then look for community or commercial partners to take over the running of the libraries. Remaining libraries will become "hubs", combining the services and scale of several local libraries.

Graham Hinchey, Cardiff Council cabinet member for corporate services and performance, told Wales Online: "Like all local authorities in Wales, Cardiff is facing unprecedented financial pressures. We need to meet a budget gap of £48.3m in 2015/16, having had to make £85.5m savings in the last three years to deal with these significant budget challenges to ensure that we can continue to deliver vital public services to the communities that we serve… We are looking to change the way we deliver services by exploring innovative new ways of working, supporting communities’ and partners’ capacity to deliver services and manage assets."

Members of the public are invited to comment on the proposals as part of a consultation that will run until 12th January 2015. The council will make a final decision on the budget on 26th February 2015.