SDL in The Bookseller

Save Doncaster Libraries’ investigation into the scale of and rationale behind the library cuts and closures in Doncaster was reported in The Bookseller yesterday:

Legal challenges to library service cuts are being considered by campaigners in Doncaster, Oxfordshire and Lewisham.

The developments echo those in Somerset, where campaigners have sent a pre-judicial review letter to the council on behalf of parents and children whose libraries are threatened with closure, calling on the council to rethink its library proposals.

A statement from the Save Doncaster Libraries campaign said it was also exploring legal options. “The cuts to the library service may be illegal; the number of libraries to close could mean that the council is in breach of the Public Libraries and Museums Act and the Education Act. This is being explored by the Save Doncaster Libraries campaign and the national organisation Voices for the Library,” the statement said.

In Oxford, solicitor and Labour councillor Richard Stevens is also considering a legal challenge, according to a report in the Oxford Times.

“The Tory administration urgently needs to explain in detail how its proposals on libraries and youth services will be legally compliant. Otherwise there is a risk that they will expose the council to legal challenge,” he said.

Lewisham library campaigners are also thought to be contemplating their legal options should threatened library closures be confirmed.

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