Petition update


Friends of the Library of Birmingham
United Kingdom

Jan 18, 2015 — The consultation on Birmingham City Council's Budget proposals has now concluded but we are remain in a critical period where the Council is deliberating to finalise its Budget for 2015-16. We need to keep up as much pressure between the now and the 17th February when the final Budget is announced.

One way of doing this is by writing to your MP and raise your concerns about the proposed Library cuts and by asking them to sign the Early Day Motion tabled by Roger Godsiff MP earlier this week.

Put your MP to work demand they sign EDM 682

You can contact your MP for free, through:

EDM 682: Proposed Reductions in Funding For Birmingham Library
That this House notes with great concern the plans to severely cut the funding available to the Library of Birmingham, which would result in the loss of more than half of the library's staff and many of its services, including the loss of archive and research facilities; observes that Birmingham City Council's funding from central Government has been cut heavily over the course of the current Government, and that poorer cities such as Birmingham have received a disproportionately heavy share of spending cuts; condemns the decision to cut Birmingham's funding by an amount equivalent to £147 per household this year, compared to the national average of just £45; does not see why the citizens of Birmingham should have their library services destroyed in an attempt to cut a deficit that was caused by paying for the gambling debts of bankers, not by supporting essential cultural services for UK citizens; encourages the Government to take serious and concerted action to reclaim for the Exchequer the many billions of public funds which are currently lost to corporate tax avoidance; strongly supports the attempt to find alternate ways to keep the library open and maintain it as a centre of excellence, and wishes this campaign every success; believes that the whole of the UK would be the poorer without its world-class libraries, which play a vital role in education and research; and calls on the Government to urgently reconsider its ongoing slashing of local government funding.

Primary sponsor: Godsiff, Roger / House of Commons: 13.01.2015

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