Have your say on the proposed Imagination Library closure

  1. What is the Imagination Library?
  2. Why are we consulting? (You are here)
  3. Have other alternatives been considered?
  4. What we will still be providing?
  5. What is the difference between Bookstart and the Imagination Library?
  6. Have your say
  7. What happens next?
  8. Responses to the Imagination Library consultation

Why are we consulting?

The Council is proposing to close the Imagination Library book gifting programme as part of its budget cuts. In the next financial year the Council has to make £23 million worth of cuts.

When the programme launched in 2007 funding came from a variety of external sources. Costs have increased due to the large numbers of children registered but external funding has reduced. The cost of the book gifting service is approximately £25 per child per year. The cost, approximately £387,000 per annum, is currently met through the Council's mainstream budget.

The cost, approximately £387,000 per annum, is currently met through the Council's mainstream budget. The budget funds education and a whole range of other services. The Council believes it can no longer afford the Imagination Library.

In November/December 2014 the public were consulted and agreed the proposed budget heading priorities. These were:

  • Protecting our most vulnerable children and adults
  • Getting people into work and making work pay
  • Making our streets cleaner and better 

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