Hundreds of people will march from the British Library to Parliament Square tomorrow (Saturday) to call for an end to the cuts hitting the arts and libraries across the country. Members of UNISON, along with those from PCS and UNITE, will march past cultural landmarks in the capital in support of libraries and museums. The […]
Libraries are under threat – what’s happening with them in your area?
Essex County Council has announced plans to close a third of its libraries and draft in volunteers to keep others running. The council is launching a consultation, running for 12 weeks from 29 November on closing 25 libraries, handing 18 over to be fully run by volunteers, giving volunteers a greater role at 16 more, […]
UNISON members from the Southend branch spent last Thursday visiting their local libraries as part of the annual Save Our Local Services campaign. This year’s SOS challenged the government’s library cuts and defended our precious library services and library workers. The campaign highlighted how important libraries and library workers […]
A local government member tells us about the effect of cuts on his community’s archive
UNISON backs BBC report that reveals loss of 8,000 jobs and 343 libraries in six years
Commenting on plans finalised today to shut ten of Swindon’s fifteen libraries and reduce the opening hours of the remaining buildings, UNISON South West regional secretary Joanne Kaye said: “With only five libraries left, Swindon will lose the expertise and experience of staff, and the service will be harder to access for older people or […]