Library cuts in South Gloucestershire are deeply concerning

The council plans to cut £473,000 from its library services’ budget

South Gloucestershire Council should think again about plans to cut £473,000 from its library services’ budget, says UNISON today (Friday) as a public consultation into the proposals gets underway. 

It is expected that cuts of £398,000 will come from staff working hours. The consultation, which runs until Wednesday 10 January, sets out proposals to reduce staffed opening hours by 19%. 

One library worker said: “These proposals are deeply concerning. It would mean a huge impact on library access for local communities and could see jobs go too.

“Everyone should take part in the consultation and have their say on the future of library services in South Gloucestershire.”

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South Gloucestershire UNISON branch secretary Dan Smart said: “South Gloucestershire’s libraries are vital hubs, offering resources, safe spaces, and educational opportunities. These proposed cuts threaten local communities, affecting jobs, hours, and access.

“The council has a legal responsibility to provide ‘a comprehensive and efficient library service. This simply isn’t possible within the proposed new budgets. UNISON will do all it can to oppose these cuts.

“Councillors need to have an urgent re-think. Libraries are essential and should be properly funded, using reserves if necessary. There must be no more cuts to vital public services.”