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I write to respond to Coun Jack Scott’s latest letter to The Star.

I join him in thanking our hardworking library staff still working, but particularly those who lost their jobs at community libraries.

The positive impact they had on so many people’s lives should be celebrated and remembered. All political parties should be making restaffing libraries as soon as practical a major priority.

Can Coun Scott confirm that the leases signed with the voluntary groups would enable the council to restaff libraries should the funding become available?

Could he also confirm that the council will make serious efforts to try to find alternate savings in order to fund a phased reintroduction of library staff, for example by freezing recruitment on management roles not vital to safeguarding or social services?

Matthew Smith

Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield, S10