Seven jobs, half of the staff at Marylebone Library, will be axed as part of Westminster Conservatives’ plans to cut £750,000 from the Libraries budget, according to figures released by the Council this week.
In addition, 2 jobs will go at Charing Cross library, 2 jobs will go at Victoria Library and over 4 jobs will go at Music, Archives and Reference Libraries.
Labour Councillors have organised a petition opposing the cuts calling for a full public debate before any decisions are taken.
“We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to halt its planned cut of £750,000 from the library service budget that would see the equivalent of 17 ½ full-time members of staff, mostly librarians, lose their jobs. The council should open a full public consultation and find alternative methods for raising the funding required in order to protect Westminster’s vital library service.”
Earlier this month, Labour Councillors revealed how Council Tax payers have had to foot a £1,387,000 bill for Westminster Conservatives’ failed attempts to build an underground library in Luxborough Street as a replacement for the long-delayed Marylebone Library.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Labour Environment spokesperson, said:
“These latest figures show how the cuts will fall on each library. Residents in Marylebone, Charing Cross and Victoria have been hit particularly hard and their libraries will have fewer staff to help maintain the library service. One again, Westminster Conservatives are hitting local communities and reducing local services.”