Library News Round-up: 27 February 2015

THE INDEPENDENT : 27th February
Essential reading for those destroying our libraries
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/lets-face-it-our-free-museums-subsidise-tourists-10069808.html

Public Finance : 27th February
Mayor of Liverpool | Our finances are flashing red: local government must be funded properly
http://opinion.publicfinance.co.uk/2015/02/our-finances-are-flashing-red-local-government-must-be-funded-properly/

LGA : 27th February
Bromley staff balloted for strike action over ‘privatisation’ plans
‘Unite is drawing a line in the sand over the drive by this Tory council hell-bent on privatising and outsourcing much valued public services, such as libraries.’
http://www.localgov.co.uk/Bromley-staff-balloted-for-strike-action-over-privatisation-plans/38215

Peterborough Telegraph : 27th February
Letter | (Staffed) Library is vital to literacy levels
http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/opinion/latest-opinion/letter-library-is-vital-to-literacy-levels-1-6605024 

Messenger Newspapers : 27th February
Hale businesses say village library plans are ‘detrimental’ to enterprise
http://www.messengernewspapers.co.uk/news/11823374.Hale_businesses_say_village_library_plans_are__detrimental__to_enterprise/ 

Birmingham Mail : 27th February
Five Walsall libraries saved in budget deal 
The Libraries, including Pheasey, Walsall Wood and Streetly, and green waste services were only given a one year stay of execution as £655,000 funding was found from reserve to cover costs.
http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/five-walsall-libraries-saved-budget-8733638

Border Telegraph : 27th February
Councillors sceptical that sports trust can run region’s libraries etc
http://www.bordertelegraph.com/news/borders/articles/2015/02/27/525524-councillors-sceptical-that-sports-trust-can-run-regions-libraries-etc/ 

The Courier : 27th February
Fears ‘funding crisis’ will see library service cuts in Fife
Staff called to a “crunch meeting”
http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/fife/fears-funding-crisis-will-see-library-service-cuts-in-fife-1.844264

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