Save Lambeth Libraries


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Can you help?

Lambeth Council are about to publish their proposals on Libraries. We don’t believe they are legal and have solicitors ready to act. We need someone who is willing to take the Council to court, can access legal aid (is on benefits) and is disadvantaged by the Council’s plans to close libraries.
We have legal backing but the solicitors need someone who is:

“eligible for legal aid (if the person has a partner it is their and their partner’s incomes which would be assessed) you need to have a low income, or be in receipt of ‘passported’ benefits. Passporting benefits include Income support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Guarantee Credit. We will require a ‘proof of income’ letter from DWP, or if you and/or your partner are working, your last three months’ of payslips. In addition the Legal Aid Agency require statements for all bank accounts in order to evidence this.”

If this is you or you know someone who might help, please let us know ASAP by contacting UNISON c/o rcashman@lambeth.gov.uk.


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Author statement on the proposals for Lambeth Libraries 2015

Libraries change lives. They are magical portals to worlds of wonder, replete with possibility, especially for poor, working class, black and ethnic minority people, they offer a hope of rising above the limiting circumstances of our birth. For the shy, isolated and excluded child, they offer companionship and a chance to rehearse bravery, for poor, working class, black and ethnic minority people the chance to meet their full potential. Libraries are more than a material resource; they are the commitment of our community to its future. They express a faith in the power of shared imagination. Lambeth Council, one of the poorest boroughs in the country, is stopping funding to half of the borough’s libraries. Two will be immediately sold off to cash in on the rising property prices locally. Others they hope will be taken over by fantasy big society community groups, or replaced by bookshelves in pubs. Threatening half the borough’s libraries with closure is a short-sighted and irresponsible plan, public libraries are an essential part of a functioning literate nation. This is an act of vandalism against the community, signalling the death of hope that anything can ever get better. 

UPDATE 1 March 2015: @SaveLambthLibs have been gathering support from authors on Twitter. The following authors have retweeted the following “please show your support for #SaveLambethLibraries by RT or commenting on our author statement”

(See below for list of authors and writers who support this statement)

UPDATE. February 2016

Less than TEN weeks to save the TEN!

The plans put forward by Lambeth Council seek to close half our libraries.

  
David Almond

Philip Ardagh

Tim Atkinson

Margaret Bateson-Hill

Jag Bhalla

Elizabeth Buchanan

Cathy Cassidy

Mark Chadbourn

Marika Cobbold

Jane Costello

Jackie Collins

Cressida Cowell

Bobbie Darbyshire

John Dougherty

Stella Duffy

Katie Fforde 

Dawn Finch 

Catherine Gault

Alan Gibbons

Andrea Giles

Daisy Goodwin

David Ziggy Greene

Jeremy Hardy

Joanne Harris

Kate Harrison

Ian Hocking

Milly Johnson

Caroline Jowett

Bernadine Kennedy

Lia Keyes

Tim Lebbon

Toby Litt

Val McDermid

Anthony McGowan

Sarah McIntyre

Paul Mason

Fiona Pitt-Kethley

Bali Rai

Ian Rankin

Jay Rayner

Zelda Rhiando

Michael Rosen

Meg Rosoff

William Ryan

Marcus Sedgwick

Caroline Smailes

Irvine Welsh

Alex Wheatle

Jamie Zubairi

We are incredibly grateful to all of them for the support they have offered.