Minchinhampton Library, based on active borrowers per head of population and loan figures per head of population is one of the most successful libraries in the county.
Loan figures per head of population – and we have been called ‘the most successful library in the County’ based on these figures:
Of the criteria given by GCC we tick all the boxes, yet we are up for closure, why?
Last year GCC had an underspend of 4.7 million. It was also given £600,00 from the ‘new homes bonus scheme’ which did not go into the budget.
The Library service is only 1.36% of the GCC budget, yet their original proposal for cuts from this service was 43%.
The Social care budget is 233 million, the library service budget before the cuts began was 5.8 million.
Formal Request to GCC from MPC on 10/01/12
Following the Judicial Review decision which stated the Library closures did not comply with “public sector equality duties” owed to vulnerable social groups including the elderly, disabled, single mothers and children.
We believe the ruling seriously affects the decision process in selecting Minchinhampton for closure. Minchinhampton Library is essential for the sustainability of our community. The closure would impact adversely and unfairly of the education of our young people, the health and rights of older residents and the cohesion of our community.
Minchinhampton is shown to be with the top 10% in the most deprived neighbourhoods of the 367 within the county.
The Indices of Deprivation 2010 Statistic
– The Indices of Deprivation 2010 are national measures based on 37 indicators, which highlight characteristics of deprivation such as unemployment, low income, crime and poor access to education and health services.. The indices are a key measure used by Central Government to help target policies and funding to improve the quality of life in disadvantaged communities.
– The Indices of Deprivation 2010 Statistic show that Minchinhampton has high levels deprivation within its parish.
|Minchinhampton 2 LSOA Code E01022383||County Rank||County % of most deprived areas|
|Health Deprivation & Disability||23||Within the top 10%|
|Employment Deprivation||44||Within the top 20%|
|Income Deprivation||48||Within the top 20%|
|IMD||63||Within the top 20%|
|Income Deprivation Affecting Children||62||Within the top 20%|
|Income Deprivation Affecting Older People||65||Within the top 20%|
Minchinhampton has an ageing population, with above national levels of retired citizens.
According to national statics , 33% of Minchinhamptons residents are over 60. which is 10% higher than the national average and the population is anticipated to increase by more than 50% by 2026. Gloucester Story (2009)
1. Office of National Statistics June 2010
– 1.1 Over 65 males and over 60 females
|Count||Percentage of Population|
2. Office of National Statistics April 2001
– 2.1 Age Structure
|Percentage of Population||Minchinhampton %||Stroud district %||South west %|
|Aged 90 & over||1.14||0.84||0.85|
As survey of the Minchinhampton primary school on the library use as shown
In the younger classes (Reception up to Year 2) – 85% of pupils use the library with their family.
In the older classes (Yr 3 up to Yr 6) between 40% and 75% of pupils stated they used the library at different times through the year. Pupils in these years are expected to carry out topic work in their own time and many said they find the library very useful at these times.
The library’s importance to the community and in particular to our children has been underestimated. Encouraging children to become enthusiastic and experienced readers is critical if they are to become independent learners and get the most out of their education.
The National Literacy Trust – Research Published 5.2.11
– Confirms the link between children and young people using libraries and good reading skills.
17,089 pupils aged 8-16 were surveyed and the survey found that those who use public libraries are nearly twice as likely to be above average readers than those who don’t (18% compared to 9.5%)
Nearly half of the students used public library services and library users were twice as likely to read outside of schools everyday ( 47% compared to 22%)
Over a third (38%) of young people who use the library believe it will help them do better at school.
In the UK today 1 in 6 people struggle to read write and communicate, which can affect their health, confidence and employability.
There is a poor two hourly bus service to Stroud and an even more limited service to Nailsworth. The time and cost of public transport, the limited availability of parking close to Stroud Library mean it is not a realistic alternative for the unemployed, elderly, parents or children.
We formally request Minchinhampton Library is re- categorised within the GGC plans and the proposal of closing Minchinhampton Library is formally revoked by GCC.