Fight is on to save mobile libraries

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A UNION has opposed planned cuts to Hampshire’s mobile library service.

Public service trade union Unison warns that cuts to the county’s mobile libraries will come as a devastating blow to the service.

Hampshire County Council has unveiled planned cuts which would see the loss of 18 staff and 13 vehicles as part of a bid to save £600,000.

Library shop stewards secretary Steve Squibbs said: ‘Hampshire’s mobile libraries are widely recognised as a first-class service that we can all be proud of, but these proposals amount to its virtual destruction.

‘In their rush to push through cuts, the council will effectively be leaving many elderly and disabled people without any access to library services.

‘The idea of charging care homes for deposit collections is a scandal – who else in Hampshire has to pay to access library services in this way?’

Unison is encouraging people to come forward to help organise a campaign. Anyone interested can call 01962 842094 or email