Monday, 13 January 2014

Bad news on libraries and one-stop-shops

Cornwall Council is in an extremely difficult position, because of massive reductions in funding from central government and rising costs. It has already agreed to make cuts of £44 million from its 2014-2015 budget.

I am extremely saddened that  the unitary authority has now announced, amongst other things, that – in order to keep to its reduced budget – it is about to start a 12-week consultation on plans to reduce opening hours at local libraries and one-stop-shops, and to cease all mobile library and mobile one stop shop services.

As a representative of the China Clay Area, I am gutted that the Clay Country mobile one-stop-shop is under threat and other rural areas are also likely to see a disproportionate decline in the provision of their local services.

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