Lancashire libraries consultation 2016

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Purpose The county council continues to face an unprecedented financial challenge. Over the next five years to 2020/21 the council needs to make savings of 262m on top of those agreed within previous budget processes. This extremely difficult financial picture is the result of continued cuts in funding by Government, rising costs and rising demand for key services.

Based on current spending and forecast demand for services, the council will not have sufficient financial resources to meet its statutory obligations by April 2018, even if we no longer continue to deliver any of the non-statutory services. The council will need to rely heavily on reserves in order to set a balanced budget for 2016/17 and 2017/18.

Lancashire County Council will continue to provide a library service for the communities of Lancashire. Our vision of the library service for Lancashire is a place for people across generations to use for personal and community wellbeing, which offers flexible, physical, virtual, creative, spaces for the community. They will promote access to and use of the resources needed to encourage personal development, learning and community engagement.

Lancashire County Council wants to understand what you would like from this space. This space will be developed in response to individual community need. We are passionate about creating opportunities which give people the potential to develop in areas they choose themselves. These physical flexible spaces will be used to promote learning, arts, performance, social activity, digital inclusion, families, heritage and wellbeing. The spaces we aim to provide will enable our communities to enjoy an environment which has been tuned to their needs. The spaces need to be safe for everyone and comfortable.
Subject Libraries
Commissioned by Lancashire County Library Service
Geographic area All of Lancashire
Method Questionnaire - online
Questionnaire - postal
Consultation with General public
Date 04/01/2016 - 31/01/2016
Undertaken by Lancashire County Library Service

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For more information about this research contact:

0300 123 6701

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If you are interested in taking over this service and/or its buildings then please complete the expressions of interest form for community ownership of assets and community service provision.