Consulting On Cuts

March 27, 2011 at 7:37 am / by

Here’s the letter I wrote to the Camden New Journal this week:

Dear Editor,

It is a well known fact that local government budgets are being hit savagely by cuts dictated from national government.

Councillors have to make difficult decisions and a libraries consultation has been developed so that the community can express their concerns and ideas.

It has been suggested that the consultation could be open to legal challenge because there are not enough options available and respondents are only required to supply their postcode leaving the consultation open to abuse.

Respondents to the consultation have two opportunities to share alternative views and options on how we can achieve the savings required. Question 4, asks for suggestions on how the service can be run at less cost and question 14 allows people to add any comments, views or alternative options.

Responses to the consultation are monitored for signs of abuse and we have no evidence to suggest that duplicate forms or multiple returns are being submitted from the same post code.

To date we have received over 3,000 responses to the consultation, testament to how valuable our libraries are to the communities of Camden. I would strongly urge as many people as possible to respond before the deadline on 4 April.

We need your responses so we can develop options that allow us to make savings but also continue to deliver the library service for Camden in the future.

Yours faithfully

Councillor Tulip Siddiq
Cabinet Member for Culture