Sunday, 14 February 2016

EDM 1025, Speak Up For Libraries Campaign.

Dear Mr Jones,

I am writing to you to ask you to show your support for all public libraries by signing EDM 1025, Speak Up For Libraries Campaign. (I have signed it).

Over 100 UK libraries were lost last year, and at least 441 have closed in the past five years. Another 149 are currently under threat. Since 2010 there has been a 22% drop in the number of all staff (full time equivalent) employed in UK’s public libraries (figures are from 2010/11 to 2014/15), which at March 2015 stood at 18,028.

Speak up for Libraries is a coalition of organisations working to protect library services and staff, now and in the future. They are calling for the Government to ensure that councils have enough money to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service, to implement a policy which secures people’s statutory rights to a quality library service and to give libraries a long-term future. On 9 February they are holding a Lobby of Parliament to discuss their concerns and the future of public libraries.

EDM 1025, Speak Up For Libraries Campaign. which has cross party support reads:

That this House recognises that public libraries are hugely important to our communities; acknowledges that many have already closed or are under threat; welcomes the Speak Up For Library lobby of Parliament in support of the public library service on 9 February 2016; and calls on the Government to ensure that councils have enough money to provide well-staffed quality services to enforce the law that says local authorities must provide a comprehensive and efficient library service, to implement policy which secures people’s statutory rights to a quality library service and to give libraries a long-term future by including a programme of library development and modernisation in the 2016 to 2020 Department for Culture, Media and Sport Business Plan.

Please show your support for this campaign by signing EDM 1025, Speak Up For Libraries Campaign. For further information about the campaign, please contact Matt Egan on m.egan@unison.co.uk.

Kind Regards,
Heather
Heather Wakefield
Head of Local Government, Police and Justice



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