• Greening public services

    16 April 2024

    GLL’s Chris Hebblewhite reveals progress on the co-op’s five year sustainability strategy.

  • Books and beyond

    13 March 2024

    Head of libraries at GLL Rebecca Gediking describes how innovation and adaptation are at the heart of a successful, modern library service.

  • Two-thirds of councils to cut neighbourhood services

    27 February 2024

    Community services will have to be ‘drastically scaled back’ or cut altogether without further funding for councils, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

  • Data collection to begin on ‘underappreciated’ libraries

    19 January 2024

    The Government has agreed to implement the findings of an independent report into libraries in an effort to bolster awareness and engagement.

  • Public services in 'dire state’

    31 October 2023

    No public services are performing better than before the pandemic and satisfaction with councils has dropped, a report has found.

  • Staffordshire’s new chapter

    05 July 2023

    Staffordshire CC has moved to a community managed model in 27 of its 43 libraries. Cllr Victoria Wilson sets out why the approach has been a success.

  • Public libraries: the local levelling up machines

    14 March 2023

    Public libraries have increased their support for those struggling with the cost of living crisis, and they are successfully embracing other agencies within their walls, says Diana Edmonds.

  • Culture is about who we really are

    01 February 2023

    The concept of culture may be difficult to buy or sell, but it is worth the investment, writes Lawrence Conway.

  • What does our built environment need from the Government?

    13 December 2022

    Chloë Phelps puts forward her three asks for Government that she believes would deliver quick wins in the most hard hit places.

  • England’s poorest areas hardest hit by austerity

    03 May 2022

    Residents living in England’s most deprived areas were hit hardest by the largest local authority spending cuts during a decade of austerity, a think-tank has found.

  • Bookending lockdown

    08 March 2022

    We’ve all had that feeling of knowing we needed to do something but it just drops further and further down our to-do list.

  • Tackling the digital divide in a changing world

    17 November 2021

    Springboard, a new cutting edge online digital skills platform, is helping to train and upskill residents in Brent and address exclusion to ensure nobody is left behind. Peter Gadsdon explains.

  • Reimagining culture for our local communities

    17 September 2021

    Arts Council England will stand with local authorities that seize the chance to build a vibrant new reality for every place, born out of creativity, says Darren Henley.

  • The simple fact is that reading matters

    28 July 2021

    Diana Gerald, CEO of children’s reading charity BookTrust, explains plans to pilot a new, national library experience called BookTrust Storytime in the Autumn, developed in partnership with libraries and local authorities.

  • Blast at the rocketeers

    28 July 2021

    Jeff Bezos and Sir Richard Branson recently took much-publicised spins into space.

  • Libraries are vital to tackling loneliness

    08 December 2020

    The UK's libraries are a key element in tackling loneliness and isolation, says Rob Whiteman. Yet CIPFA data shows that total spending on libraries in Great Britain has decreased by 2.6% from 2018/19.

  • Spending on libraries drops by £20m in past year

    04 December 2020

    The total spend on British libraries has fallen by nearly £20m in the past financial year, new figures have revealed.

  • A hive of activity

    07 October 2020

    Calderdale MBC was abuzz recently when a huge honey bee nest was discovered in one of its libraries.

  • Leisure outsourcer asks staff to take 'career break'

    04 August 2020

    A major leisure services provider has come under fire for asking workers to take ‘unpaid career breaks’.

  • Trusting our workforce to make the right calls in this time of crisis

    06 April 2020

    Hertfordshire CC is providing ‘clarity, reassurance and the human touch’ - and its recruitment team turned into a redeployment hub once the potential impact of coronavirus was clear, says Sally Hopper.