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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Axe may fall on half of Oxfordshire's council libraries (UK)

Funding for nearly half of Oxfordshire's council-run libraries and many of its youth services could be axed under budget cuts. The proposals would affect 20 of the county council's 43 libraries, and 20 out of 33 youth services. The Conservative-run council said it hoped volunteers would step in to run the services under Prime Minister David Cameron's "Big Society" plans. The council needs to save between £155m and £203m up to 2015. A spokesman could not say how many jobs would go as a result of the library and youth service cuts, adding 1,000 job losses before 2015 across the whole council had already been announced - BBC

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