Hereford & Worcester

Staff could go in Worcestershire council libraries plan

About 30 staff could be laid off next year and opening hours reduced under proposals to cut a council's libraries budget by £1.8m.

Charges for late books will rise, with less spent on new books, under plans by Worcestershire County Council.

The authority has been in the process of trying to save at least £70m and insisted these changes must go ahead if it was to avoid library closures.

Public consultation will take place early next year.

A council spokesperson said: "A further report will be brought back to Cabinet in the summer 2012 to update on the progress made and for any key decisions to be made as required."

The mobile library is also to be reviewed.

John Campion, Worcestershire councillor with responsibility for libraries, said it was "not a case of sacking staff and replacing them with volunteers".

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