Petition to Jack Lopresti MP, Tim Bowles, Martin Manning
Save Winterbourne Library
Winterbourne Library is an exceptionally well run local community asset that provides services and a meeting point for all people in the village. There is now a very real threat that it will be reduced to two days opening or closed completely due to council spending plans, resulting from the government's austerity policy. This will result in the loss of one of the only community focal points in Winterbourne accessible to all and especially useful to the elderly and families with young children. Removing community assets such as libraries can have a profound affect on the local area and should be strongly resisted. Please join us by signing this petition and look out for local schemes to support the library.
Petition to Wiltshire Council, Jonathan Seed, James Gray MP, Cllr Howard Marshall, Chris Harling, Jane Vaughan
Save Calne Library
Wiltshire Council plan to make major changes to Calne Library, but haven’t consulted or even notified the public of their plans, including cutting staff hours, moving the Community Hub into the library, and keeping the library open unstaffed with a swipecard system and unmanned CCTV cameras. These changes are unfair and unsafe and a public consultation period must take place before any plans go ahead. Our library is a public service, paid for by the taxpayer, and our voices must be heard to ensure our wonderful library remains a vital service and the heart of our community. Library users rely on staff to help them with choosing the right books, using computers and when the self-checkout machines jam, stop working or if books refuse to be checked in or out. They are also helpful with letting us parents gain access to the toilet with our young children, and in stamping children’s reading passports. Library staff also enthusiastically put on the busy and popular Noisy Friday Sessions, Once Upon a Saturday arts and crafts sessions, and holiday events for different age ranges, which my family and I enjoy regularly. These family-oriented sessions allow parents and carers a chance to introduce and expose their children to the wonderful world of books, which helps develop their imaginations and a thirst for knowledge that will stay with them for life. It also provides a chance for parents and carers to share ideas and advice, and to support one another in a public, free and friendly environment. Without our lovely staff, the library would not be the welcoming, friendly, clean and safe space it currently is, well-used by the public, and cutting their hours means library users will struggle to access the resources we need to explore, learn and grow, gain employment and increase child literacy in Wiltshire. Cutting the librarians’ hours is unfair and unjust, and is no way to reward them for all that they do for our community. Unstaffed openings, using a swipecard system and CCTV cameras, raises serious safety risks to users, not to mention the risk of theft or damage to computers, books, DVDs or property. What’s worse, the unmanned CCTV cameras mean no one will be on hand to help in real time; it will be reliant on members of the public to call 999 if an incident occurs, such as an elderly person falling, someone tailgating their way into the library, theft or damage to property, fire, or assault. As a resident of Calne, I am very worried about this proposal as I feel it could cause the demise of our wonderful library and create instead, a derelict unused space. We, the Calne community, ask that Wiltshire Council: makes public their plans, in the library and on their website, and stop being so secretive about the changes that will affect our library and us. We should then be given the opportunity to voice our concerns and for them to be considered before any plans go ahead. guarantee that staff will not have their hours cut and that there will not be any redundancies. We demand that services to the public are kept at the same level they are currently at and are not reliant on volunteers. guarantee that the family sessions for children and young people will remain intact, and again, not be reliant on volunteers to run them. provide a breakdown in the cost to the taxpayer for the swipecard and CCTV system, both initially and in the long term, and if it is trialled that Wiltshire Council will: guarantee that any loss to property will be replaced immediately like for like. ringfence the Book Fund against any cuts, as the success of any library is dependent on it being well-stocked with good condition and current publications. guarantee that a follow-up consultation will take place at the end of the ‘trial’ to check if these changes are working and if they should remain. Please help me to Save Calne Library by signing my petition. Together we can make a difference and ensure our lovely library remains the thriving heart of our community that we all love and enjoy!
Petition to Libraries Unlimited
Libraries Unlimited Management should take the same average paycut as their staff
Libraries Unlimited are making savings by cutting pay to their least well-off staff. They have opted to remove enhanced pay for working unsociable hours, affecting 247 staff, with some staff losing more than 30% of their total pay. This change only affects those from Grades B - E (approx £7.20 - £10.20 p/hr) while those Grade F and above will take no share of this cut. Staff have been told: - That they are not permitted to talk to anyone outside the organisation about this removal of pay- That they are not eligible for voluntary redundancy- That the TUPE regulations they were told would protect their pay and conditions after leaving Devon County Council do not cover this change in contract- That those who do not sign the variation to their contract will be dismissed and re-engaged on the new conditions regardless The Senior Management Team have rejected suggestions about all staff taking a proportionate paycut. When asked whether senior staff would take a paycut as well, Ciara Eastell, CEO of Libraries Unlimited said she 'worked hard' and 'didn't think she deserved [one]'. Through this cut to frontline staff pay, the organisation will make savings of around £220,000 per annum. The Senior Management Team have offered to forgo a 1% payrise in April 2017 offering the organisation a saving of only £2,683. We propose that the Senior Management Team take a paycut proportionate to the average amount of salary lost by their staff through this proposal. What is Libraries Unlimited? Libraries Unlimited is the social enterprise contracted by Devon County Council to run Devon Libraries. How did they arrive at the decision to cut pay? At the beginning of November 2016, staff were informed of the proposal to remove enhanced pay for unsociable hours and a consultation period began on November 21. A series of meetings with staff across the county were held and an online questionnaire was circulated to all staff. The consultation period ended on January 20, findings were presented to the Board of Trustees and the final decision was announced to staff on February 9. How much will staff lose? 70% of the workforce will be affected with the average person losing £720 per year. Sixteen staff will lose more than 30% of their pay. Staff who work both Sundays and Saturdays will see their weekend pay drop by more than 50%. What else can I do to help? If you are based in Devon, ask at your local library for a feedback form. Let our senior staff know that you are unhappy with these changes. Retweet and share this petition with your friends and family. Where can I find more information on what's happenning? Devon Live previously ran an article on these cuts
Petition to Cllr Dick Walsh, Cllr Rory Colville, Cllr David Kinniburgh, Ellen Morton, Cllr Aileen Morton, Cllr James Robb, Cllr Gary Mulvaney, Cllr Vivien Dance, Cllr Robert G MacIntyre, Cllr Maurice corry, George Freeman, Cllr William Gordon Blair, Cllr Alex McNaughton, Cllr Bruce Marshall, Cllr Sandy Taylor, Cllr Douglas Philand, Cllr Donald MacMillan, Cllr Anne Horn, Cllr John McAlpine, Cllr Robin Currie, Cllr Donald Kelly, Cllr John Armour, Cllr Isobel Strong, Cllr Robert MacIntyre, Cllr Len Scoullar, Cllr Michael Breslin, Cllr James McQueen, Cllr Neil MacIntyre, Cllr Alistair MacDougall, Cllr Roddy McCuish, Cllr Mary-Jean Devon, Cllr Iain Stewart MacLean, Cllr Julie McKenzie, Cllr Elaine Robertson, Cllr Kieron Green, Cllr Richard Trail
Reinstate our school librarians in Argyll and Bute
Argyll and Bute Council’s budget cuts included the removal of librarians in secondary schools from the end of term, 30th June. A cut to qualified school librarians is a cut to all young people’s opportunities. School librarians provide support for independent learning in all areas of the curriculum. They help young people learn how to learn: skills those youngsters will need to be successful in any future education, job or career. They provide access to computers for many who do not have access to the internet at home. They help young people learn how to use information technology for learning. They provide a safe haven for youngsters with additional support needs, for example at breaks, lunch time and after school, by providing a place to socialise, to relax and to learn. Librarians give all young people a place to read, to daydream, to think creatively, to grow intellectually. They put the right book in the right child’s hands at the right time. On Mull, Tiree and Islay this budget option will have an even more devastating impact as young people will be left with limited access to public library facilities. The Council should not be compounding the challenges already faced by its remote rural communities. It should be promoting achievement, not putting stumbling blocks in its path. We, the undersigned, appeal to all 36 Argyll and Bute councillors to discard this option when considering budget choices. We call on them to reinstate our secondary school librarians.
Petition to Cllr Glenn Jordan
Stop the closure of libraries in Plymouth
Plymouth City Council is planning to close 10 of our city's 17 libraries - at Efford, Eggbuckland, Ernesettle, Estover, Laira, North Prospect, Peverell, Stoke, Tothill and West Park. We call on the Council to keep our local branch libraries open. They are vital for children who want to learn to read, adults who can't afford to buy books, people who use the computers and printers to find a job, do research, family history and to access online services. They host book groups and children's events, are staffed by professionals who can help, and are valuable free, public spaces in a world that charges for everything. Keep our libraries open.
Petition to North Lanarkshire Council, Jillian Ferrie
Save Newarthill Library!
I grew up in Newarthill. The library, along with the shop and the post office, were the heart and hub of the village. The Library is where I hid when things were tough at home. I sat on the floor between the shelves where nobody else could see me and did my homework or devoured the latest Stephen King because I couldn't take it out with my green children's card. Here is where bullies wouldn't follow me, the book dust in the air was fatal to them, or maybe it was the librarian staring them down from over her specs. Here is where I found Narnia and Nimh and A Boy's Own Story. Here is where I found the words to start to make a different life for myself. I am a writer now because of the books I read there and then. Newarthill Library may soon be the latest victim of austerity. When we close libraries we shut doors to the future, we slam them closed and chain them and put men with dogs in front of them. We say to kids like me: stay where you are, no further. I know my own story would have ended very differently without Newarthill Library. It inspired and protected me. It's not just about social mobility and children, as if that wasn't enough. The library was, and is, full of all kinds of people. Increasingly, Newarthill is a village that's taking control of its own future--holding clean-ups and local events and rebuilding a community battered by austerity. I hope you will join me in signing this petition.