Lib Dems in bid to stop Labour’s library cuts

Local Lib Dem councillors have announced their intention to put forward a budget amendment to reverse Labour’s cuts to local library services.

Lib Dems outside Muswell Hill Library, N10 (Dawn Barnes, Cllr Pippa Connor, Cllr Martin Newton, Cara Jenkinson, Caroline Pidgeon, Cllr Gail Engert) campaigning to save library services in the borough

Lib Dem opposition councillors have criticised the proposals which are due to save the council £150,000 and said they would keep the library services as they are. The opposition councillors insist that the savings can be made by cutting the bill for very senior staff at the council.

An initial draft of Haringey Council’s budget, shows that the Labour Cabinet plan to cut library opening hours in the north London borough. Labour has proposed reducing branch library opening hours down from 58 hours to 36 hours per week. The reduced opening hours will also mean that 6 members of Haringey’s library staff are due to lose their jobs. The Lib Dem councillors have said they will oppose and try to reverse the cuts.

The controversial plans are due to discussed again at a Cabinet meeting on 14th February. The Lib Dem’s amendment to stop the library cuts will then be voted on at the Budget Full Council meeting at the end of the month.

Cllr Clive Carter, Haringey Lib Dem spokesperson for Libraries, comments:

“Libraries provide an important service to children. I think the Labour Cabinet have forgotten that some families do not have spare money to buy computers or books for their children, for some families the library is absolutely vital.

“The Liberal Democrats want every child in this borough to have access to books, the internet and computers to help them get the best education, so we believe library opening hours should not be reduced.

"That is why the Lib Dems will be proposing the service should be saved by reducing salaries for the top staff at the council.”

Notes: Click here and read page 9 of this document for details of Labour's library cuts.

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