FoLoB News

REMINDER : CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER AUTUMN STATEMENT PROTEST TOMORROW (25/11) This protest is at 5 p.m. on Wednesday 25 November outside Waterstone’s in the city centre. ​The statement will include significant cuts across local authority budgets.​ REPAYMENT OF CAPITAL COSTS OF THE LIBRARY OF BIRMINGHAM Through a Freedom of Information request, we have established…

On the stump with Brum’s Labour leadership contenders

This Monday evening will see the election of a new leader of the Labour Group to replace Sir Albert Bore. Two hustings meetings have taken place in the last week where the leadership hopefuls answered questions from the public. What did we learn from the candidates about what their election might mean for Birmingham’s public…

2020 Vision?…or should they have gone to Sp*cs*v*rs??

…and taken central government with them?? As Birmingham City Council develops its plans for the ‘Future Council of 2020′, what might this mean for Birmingham’s Public Libraries? Birmingham City Council is rapidly developing proposals on what services it will provide in five years time, who will provide those services and which services it will ‘decommission’.…

Birmingham City Council Consultation meetings 9-12 November

Birmingham City Council are holding a series of consultation meetings around the City. These are a chance for people to go along and raise concerns about austerity and cuts. You need to book a place if you are planning to go. Sorry for the short notice, only just received the information via Birmingham People’s Assembly!…

Ed Vaizey praises library campaign groups??

The Bookseller writes: “In a speech given at the launch of the Society of Chief Librarians’ (SCL) Universal Learning Offer yesterday (5th November), culture minister Ed Vaizey highlighted the “valuable” role libraries play and praised the commitment of the “remarkable” number of campaign groups fighting to keep them open.” He should put his money where…