We have some new stats on the cuts to the library service that gives us a more complete picture of how and where the savings are being made:
These new figures on the savings in back office, RFID (self service) and the mobile libraries were given to the Oxfordshire Save Our Libraries group in a meeting they had with the acting head librarian, the director of social and community services and the cabinet member for safer and stronger communities.
Below in a graph:
The RFID has only been rolled out to nine libraries, the extra savings I presume are coming from rolling it out to the other libraries. It has saved on average of 15% of the staffing budget of the libraries it has been rolled out to so far.
Here's a quote from the David Cameron on cuts:
"Any cabinet minister, if we win the election, who comes to me and says 'here are my plans' and they involve front-line reductions, they'll be sent straight back to their department to go away and think again."
This is a quote from him on the big society:
"This is not about trying to save money, it is about trying to have a bigger, better society."
I am not political in the sense I follow a particular party anymore but the cabinet cannot wave this through, how can they?
A quote from Gandalf who has told me he supports the #savelibraries campaign:
"YOU SHALL NOT PASS"