Library campaign group calls on London councils not to cut libraries

Library campaign group calls on London councils not to cut libraries

<p>Campaign group Libraries for Life for Londoners has written to the leaders of London&#39;s council urging them not to cut libraries services in the forthcoming budget round.</p><p>In the wake of June&#39;s budget, Tim Coates, chair of the LLL, has drafted the letter, which said it recognised the need to cut the deficit of public expenditure over income. However, it urged councils not to approve plans to use volunteers to carry out the core work in libraries. The letter said: &quot;There are none that are proven to be reliable.&quot; It also urged councils not to close libraries, reduce book funds, opening hours or the working hours of library assistants.</p><p>It suggested costs can be cut by using bibliographic, cataloguing services, internal storage and stock distribution provided by suppliers. It also said there are &quot;excessive&quot; senior and middle management roles that could be slashed.</p><p>Meanwhile, Coates has claimed the council&#39;s London Libraries Change programme has appointed its fourth set of consultants in three years. Coates writes on his Good Library Guide blog: &quot;This will make a total of more than &pound;400k on consultancies so far -- which have nothing to show for what they have done.&quot;</p>