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The public should know all we can about the business of the decision makers that affect our lives, our wallets and our democracy. This is a record of my efforts to try and improve the levels of transparency and accountability within Sheffield City Council and others. To shine a light on how decisions are made and where the money goes. If I can also help others to find their own voice and influence along the way, then that is a bonus.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Sheffield City Council Library Service Review by Nigel Slack

Sheffield City Council has, as a result of further budget cuts imposed from Central Government, been undertaking a comprehensive review of the City's library services.

This has been quite an extensive process involving two rounds of public consultation, though there is some debate over the quality of these consultations, and a great deal of discussion about the way forward.

The results are now in and the data from the review, along with the Council's proposals for the future of the library service can now be viewed on their website or in paper form from the Town Hall.

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I will make no bones about the fact that I believe that libraries are the backbone of a civilised city and a necessary support for the democratic process and a healthy community life. I believe that libraries should be a statutory service but that is just not the case at the moment and, though it is important to continue to fight for a better and extensive library service, we need also to participate in the review process to ensure that what is done in our name is as little damage as possible.