News and Updates
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.
According to a 2018 World Bank Survey, the UK is one of the best places in the world to start a business, with over a thousand new businesses being launched every day. Yet for all of this economic opportunity, more than a third of these enterprises will close their doors for good within three years.
The government’s Digital Inclusion Strategy laid out ways that individuals and organisations both use digital, online, and internet tools in different ways.
We all think we know that libraries are quiet and peaceful places, home to books for readers of all ages.
Libraries can be a catalyst for regeneration and contribute to vibrant high streets. Libraries can help businesses start and grow, creating new jobs, and providing access to start-up spaces, advice and resources.