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CILIP welcomes Secretary of State's intervention in Northamptonshire

 


CILIP welcomes Secretary of State's intervention in Northamptonshire

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has intervened following CILIP’s formal complaint about Northamptonshire County Council’s plans to cut library services. CILIP’s complaint followed the Council’s announcement that it would shut 21 libraries as part of £40m budget savings as it faces bankruptcy.
CILIP has welcomed the intervention and called on the Council to halt all plans to reduce library services until the outcomes of the Government intervention are published.

Nick Poole CILIP Chief Executive said:

“We welcome the DCMS Secretary of State’s decision to intervene in the case of Northamptonshire County Council’s failure to provide comprehensive and efficient library services following our complaint.

“Public libraries are a statutory service and local authorities must provide them by law. They are trusted spaces at the heart of communities that make a positive difference to people’s health, wealth and well-being.

“We call on Northamptonshire County Council to immediately halt all plans to reduce library services until the outcomes of the Secretary of State’s intervention are known. Local residents do not deserve to lose valuable public services for good during a period of local political instability.”

CILIP’s formal complaint focused on the Council’s failure to properly consult, an inaccurate Equalities Impact Assessment, failure to act appropriately on financial advice received, and failure to meet their statutory duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient service. 

Headline image photograph Entrance to One Angel Square, Northamptonshire County Council Headquarters from Hazel Nicholson's Flickr feed, Cropped and re-sized. CC BY-NC 2.0

 

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Published:  20 March 2018

 

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