Although we were promised that no libraries would close in Haringey by Claire Kober, this does not mean that there will be no cuts to the service. Below is a copy of the briefing that outlines the proposed cutting of the mobile and housebound service and the schools service affecting 24 primary schools who subscribe. Also posted is the letter written by Helen Riley on behalf of the Friends of South Harringay.
Please add your voice to our protest by writing to Claire Kober
I think she can cut this... The Internet.
She can cut the Internet? Don't think she's that powerful.
Poor, poor punctuation. I mean that she can cut this because of the Internet.
Thanks for posting this Liz. The briefing document has the date of the council meeting wrong by the way - it's February 27 now.
A reply sent to one of our members
Thank you for you for taking the time to email the Leader regarding your concerns about the possible withdrawal of the Mobile, Housebound and School Library Service. Your email had been passed to me to respond to as I am the Cabinet Member with responsibility for Libraries.
Please note that the service will not be changing in 2013/14. We will use the next financial year to explore alternative ways of providing these services in conjunction with other agencies and/or neighbouring Local Authorities, and will consult with our customers in developing options for future service delivery. I want to reassure you that full consultation will be carried out along with an equality impact assessment before any final decision on the future of the service is taken.
This proposal and all other budget proposals will be considered at a Full Council meeting on 25th February 2013. The challenge facing the Council is that in addition to the £62 million savings implemented in 2011/12 and 2012/13, it has to save a further £12.5 million in both 2013/14 and 2014/15, due to the reduction in government funding. Every service has been asked to identify potential savings. In the Library Service it has been proposed that the subsidy, supporting the cost of the Mobile & Housebound Service and the Schools Library Service, is withdrawn from April 2014. As I have described though, this decision will not be taken without full consultation and consideration of equalities and, if it is taken, is not planned to be implemented until the financial year 2014/15.
Cllr Richard Watson
Cabinet Member for Communities
They will need to do a full equalities impact assessment as these are significant reductions that on the face of it will hit a particular segment of our community and disadvantage them.