How much are Devon County Council proposing to cut the library service budget overall?
As a council we have saved £100 million across all services over the last three years. A further £100 million needs to be saved over the next three years. The library service has contributed £3 million to these savings so far, through a combination of reducing management and support services by over 30 per cent, reducing opening hours by 17 per cent and reducing investment in new books and other resources by 30per cent. The continued financial austerity facing the County Council means that there is now a requirement for the library service to find an additional £1.5 million between 2014/15 and 2016/17.