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The way forward for Englands Public Libraries

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Short Slideshare highlighting the four challenges facing Central and Local Government in developing a thriving library sector and how they can be solved

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The way forward for Englands Public Libraries

  1. 1. Library Central Government Local Government Business People This presentation shows how money reaches libraries to enable them to deliver brilliant, accessible services
  2. 2. Library Central Government Local Government Business People lncome Tax & VAT People pay for their libraries through the income tax and VAT they pay
  3. 3. Library Central Government Local Government Business People lncome Tax & VAT Corporation Tax & VAT Businesses support libraries through the Corporation Tax and VAT they pay
  4. 4. Library Central Government Local Government Business People lncome Tax & VAT Corporation Tax & VAT Lottery receipts People also play the Lottery, and some of the money from that goes to support libraries
  5. 5. Library Central Government Local Government Business People The Treasury holds tax receipts on behalf of the taxpayer
  6. 6. Library Central Government Local Government Business People Revenue Support Grant Central Government distributes tax revenues to Local Government through the Revenue Support Grant
  7. 7. Library Central Government Local Government Business People Revenue Support Grant Local Government uses these revenues to fund and support libraries on behalf of taxpayers
  8. 8. Library Central Government Local Government Business People Revenue Support Grant Arts Council Central Government also distributes money to the Arts Council England to support library development
  9. 9. Library Central Government Local Government Business People Revenue Support Grant Arts Council From 2017 onward, the Revenue Support Grant will be withdrawn on a tapered basis with the ultimate aim of removing it entirely
  10. 10. Library Central Government Local Government Business People lncome Tax & VAT Corporation Tax & VAT People and businesses will continue to pay taxes to Central Government and...
  11. 11. Library Central Government Local Government Business People lncome Tax & VAT Corporation Tax & VAT ...they will also continue to pay Local Government Council Tax and Business Rates Business rates Council Tax
  12. 12. Library Central Government Local Government Business People The good news is that libraries deliver a huge return on this investment Health, wellbeing and improved quality of life Access to learning, skills & employment
  13. 13. Library Central Government Local Government Business People The good news is that libraries deliver a huge return on this investment Health, wellbeing and improved quality of life More attractive places for people to live & work Added value for other local services Access to learning, skills & employment
  14. 14. Library Central Government Local Government Business People The good news is that libraries deliver a huge return on this investment Health, wellbeing and improved quality of life ‘Halo’ effect on spending in local shops More attractive places for people to live & work Added value for other local services Increased value of local property Access to learning, skills & employment
  15. 15. Library Central Government Local Government Business People The good news is that libraries deliver a huge return on this investment Health, wellbeing and improved quality of life ‘Halo’ effect on spending in local shops More attractive places for people to live & work Added value for other local services Increased value of local property Access to learning, skills & employment Literate, skilled workforce Improved productivity
  16. 16. Library Central Government Local Government Business People Arts Council The idea is that Local Government will fund libraries from the taxes paid by local people & businesses
  17. 17. Library Central Government Local Government Business People Arts Council However, Local Authorities also have lots of other calls on this money, including Child Protection & Adult Social Care...
  18. 18. Library Central Government Local Government Business People Arts Council ...which means they look to reduce spending elsewhere, including libraries
  19. 19. Library Central Government Local Government Business People One option is for libraries to develop services which generate money directly from businesses and taxpayers... Events, retail & services Workspace & sponsorship
  20. 20. Library Central Government Local Government Business People ...while also retaining core funding from Local Government, supported by Arts Council funding... Events, retail & services Workspace & sponsorship Core funding & additional contracts Lottery-funded projects (via ACE)
  21. 21. Library Central Government Local Government Business People ...and ensuring they are as efficient as possible in their operating costs. Events, retail & services Workspace & sponsorship Core funding & additional contracts Lottery-funded projects (via ACE)
  22. 22. There are four challenges in this process...
  23. 23. Library Central Government Business People Challenge 1: Inefficiency With 151 separate Library Authorities across the UK, it is impossible to manage IT & stock costs effectively
  24. 24. Library Central Government Business People Local Government Challenge 2: Inequality Not every Authority is rich enough to fund local services from taxes & there is no mechanism for redistribution
  25. 25. Library Central Government Business People Local Government Challenge 3: Stewardship Decisions about changes to library services are not driven by quality standards, evidence of local need or cross-border opportunities
  26. 26. Library Central Government Business People Challenge 4: Enterprise People & businesses feel they have already paid for libraries through taxes, libraries are not equipped for rapid transition & there are ethical concerns Local Government
  27. 27. Central and Local Government have a statutory duty to make a plan to address these challenges
  28. 28. Library Central Government Business People Solution 1: Clustering Library Authorities should be encouraged to form regional clusters to share skills, resources, purchasing and promotion
  29. 29. Library Central Government Business People Solution 2: Targeted support The Arts Council England should be funded by Government to provide targeted financial & development support to libraries in poorer areas Arts Council
  30. 30. Library Central Government Business People Solution 3: Capacity Planning Working in clusters, Library Authorities should develop evidence- based plans for developing their libraries according to published standards & local needs Arts Council
  31. 31. Library Central Government Business People Solution 4: Transition Support Funding should be made available to give libraries time to extend their activities to include new sources of income (where appropriate/realistic) Arts Council
  32. 32. Library Central Government Business People Solution 5: Innovation National bodies should develop innovative partnerships and programmes which drive new sources of financing into libraries Arts Council
  33. 33. Working together, Central and Local Government and librarians can deliver the innovative C21st library network our users deserve
  34. 34. We just need to make it happen.
  35. 35. Get involved www.mylibrarybyright.org.uk

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