Review of library opening hours

Julie Bell head of Lancashire library services
Julie Bell head of Lancashire library services
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Library bosses at County Hall are asking people of all ages for their views on opening hours at local branches.

The consultation is now under way and will run for eight weeks. It involves 63 of the 74 libraries across the county.

Around 18 months ago opening hours were increased or adjusted in most of the county’s libraries following a public consultation. As part of that process, library managers promised to look at the issue again this year to see whether further changes are needed.

Julie Bell, county libraries manager, said: “We want to help people across the county to get the most out of all the services on offer at their local library, and this means making sure that libraries are open at the

times when our customers are most likely to use them.”

The introduction of the Statutory Instrument means every MP is now a prescribed person for the purpose of the Public Disclosure Act, and whistleblowers now get employment protection if they go to their MP for help.

Ms Cooper said people should be able to speak out without fear of reprisals.

She said: “I’ve seen how whistleblowers in the NHS have been vital in highlighting poor patient care and poor management.

“In the past many people taking the brave decision to whistle blow have been persecuted in the workplace resulting in them losing their jobs. Giving added protection to whistleblowers and making their MP a formal point of contact is to be welcomed.”