Jobs under threat at Ealing's library service

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Between 93 and 105 jobs are at risk as a result of changes in Ealing’s library service.

The council announced in July it had found community groups to take over the management of five of the seven borough libraries threatened with closure, potentially keeping them open.

If the shift to volunteer management goes ahead however, the libraries will be saved but many paid jobs will go.

A council email puts possible job losses at 93, although it notes the actual number of redundancies was likely to be lower as staff were accommodated in other roles.

However, Unison spokesman James Conlon said the actual number of people at risk of losing their jobs was 105.

Reading van scheme increases library visits

A scheme to improve reading and writing among pre-school children in Stoke-on-Trent has been so successful that the government has stepped in to take over its funding from the city council.

Little Library van

The Little Library Van visits 42 schools in some of the city's more deprived areas as part of the Stoke Speaks Out initiative.

The scheme is also aimed at encouraging parents to use their local libraries.

Emma Davies from the scheme said it had helped create a "huge increase in footfall" at libraries in the area.