The news released from Wolverhampton Council on Wednesday is a devastating blow to the city’s library service. Last year’s campaign to save and protect library services in our city was supported by thousands of residents and library users. The campaign group predicted that last year’s cuts were the ‘thin end of the wedge’. How correct we were.
We have received many e-mails from concerned library users. You can use the contacts page on this website to get in touch.
To put things in perspective: the proposed cuts to the library budget amount to 53% or the loss of 38 members of staff. Wolverhampton Council has identified several ‘risks’ associated with their proposals to cut library services. Top of the council’s list is the damage this will do to their communications strategy. This begs the question…. and what about standards of literacy, education and well-being across Wolverhampton? Do the council see no risk there?