Wirral u-turn pre-empted inquiry findings

<p>Wirral Council&#39;s sudden u-turn to halt the closure of 11 libraries was made within hours of the council learning the government was about to publish the findings of the Sue Charteris inquiry, according to a report on local news site Wirral Globe.</p><p>The council&#39;s press team was said to have been told by counterparts at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on Tuesday 29th September that an announcement by Secretary of State Ben Bradshaw was imminent. <em>Wirral Globe</em> reports that members of the council&#39;s ruling Lib-Lab cabinet committee held a late night meeting at Wallasey Town Hall that night, and the announcement that the library closure programme was being scrapped was issued the following day (30th September). There were suggestions at the time that council members had been swayed by fears of the impending report&#39;s publication. </p><p>The DCMS then extended the public inquiry for a further period to allow people to give additional evidence. The Charteris inquiry report is yet to be published.</p>