News and Updates
A new campaign, led by CILIP, the library and information association, is calling on politicians to put local communities at the heart of their election campaigns. The #VoteLibraries campaign enables members of the public to pledge their support for their local library services and put pressure on the candidates in their area to commit to sustainable, long term investment for local library services.
The joint CILIP/SLG/School Library Association campaign #GreatSchoolLibraries took a great leap forward last week with the launch of the first comprehensive research report into the state of school library provision across England, Wales and Northern Ireland (in parallel with and drawing on the fantastic progress already made in Scotland).
At a Parliamentary event at the House of Lords today, The Big Issue and Library Champion Bobby Seagull will join forces with CILIP, the UK library association, to make the case for long-term sustainable funding for libraries.
The UK has an estimated 35,000 libraries and information services in 20 industry sectors. From health to public libraries, prisons to schools, libraries change lives for the better, every single day.
Literacy is one of the most important social challenges facing England today. According to a 2016 OECD report there are more than 9 million working-age adults in England with low literacy skills, numeracy skills, or both. Digital literacy is also an issue, with an estimated 12 per cent of the adult population never having used the internet. Indeed, with an estimated 35 per cent of jobs in the UK at risk of being replaced by automation in the next twenty years, a 2015 House of Lords report identified digital literacy as being as important an educational priority as traditional literacy and numeracy. Even though educational opportunities have expanded in recent years, low basic skills are more common among young people in England than in many other countries.
LibrariesDeliver.uk is designed to help local library leaders address the real challenges to library funding by organizing and focusing support from people across England and the UK. Overall, the Libraries Deliver campaign will provide a pathway for library leaders to connect with public about the work libraries do and the impact that librarians and staff have in their communities.
The County of Norfolk faces many health challenges. With a much older age profile than the national average, falls are a major reason for hospitalisation in the county. Over 16,000 people in are identified as having dementia. At the same time over two-thirds of the adult population are overweight and activity levels among children vary greatly as families struggle to include health and wellness as among their priorities.
The Chancellor’s 2019 Spending Round – What does it mean for libraries and where do we go from here?
It was amid much speculation that Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP took to his feet today to deliver his 2019 ‘Spending Round’ announcement. Javid had already signalled that the multi-year Spending Review would need to wait until 2020, but today’s announcement has since taken on greater significance due to the increased likelihood of an imminent General Election. If there is an Election, then any new Government would be held not to this announcement but to the commitments in their Manifestos – which is why its essential to maintain the pressure on library funding in the next few weeks.
The Libraries Deliver campaign is asking library supporters, advocates, and campaigners across England to join us as signatories to our Open Letter to the Chancellor prior to the next spending round review. Only by standing together and asking for our priorities to be considered will our voices be heard. Please review the Open Letter and add your name today.