The library policy failed

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The current policy on libraries in our city has clearly put people off visiting, with visits to the branch libraries in our city at an all-time low since the staff were sacked.

This means that vulnerable people such as the elderly, isolated and mentally ill, among others, are not engaging with a service that could enhance and even change their lives in so many positive ways.

Destaffing libraries also produced a small saving compared to some of the more non-essential items the council could have cut.

Think of the millions it spends employing trade union convenors, senior managers etc.

What we need from Sheffield Council is an acknowledgement that current library policy has failed, and a plan to restaff libraries using savings from the non-essentials that I mentioned above.

Martin Vaughan

Stannington Road, Sheffield S6