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Suffolk’s 44 libraries safe, but three options for future

Three options for Suffolk libraries will be put forward later this month, Judy Terry the county council’s cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, has told BBC Radio Suffolk and the East Anglian Daily Times.

None of the county 44 libraries will close, she said.

The proposals:

  1. An in-house business unit similar to the Schools Library Service.
  2. An external, but wholly council owned company.
  3. An independent company managed by the county through contractual arrangements.

Blogger James Hargrave has responded, saying:

… the biggest concern must be the budget for whatever the governance structure you can’t run any service well without enough money and the level of cuts proposed still seems to be the 30% that we started originally with. The only change here is at first this was at least 30% possibly more but now looks to be no more than 30%. This is still a huge cut, especially for a service that is already one of the worst funded in the country.

 

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