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HM Government: act now to protect my statutory rights to a quality public library service

Public libraries in England are facing an unprecedented threat. 

Recent BBC research has shown that 343 public libraries have closed since 2010 with a further 111 closures planned in 2016. Many other libraries around the country forced to offer reduced hours and limited services.

We are seeing the impact of austerity and the lack of a joined-up policy for the care and improvement of our libraries.

The loss of these vital services can be devastating for communities who depend on them for learning, social spaces, groups and activities and access to the Internet.

Join us in calling on the Government to fulfil their statutory responsibilities to taxpayers.

We ask the Government to work with us to develop clear guidance for Local Authorities and to take clear and decisive action in situations where services are being put at risk.

Sign the petition and stand up for your rights.

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