Here’s some very good news about funding for Tate South Lambeth, in the words of the head of the libraries service, Susanna Barnes:
Lambeth has fully restored the funding for Tate South Lambeth and Durning Libraries and they are now provided for as part of the library and archive service budget. The Council recognises the huge contribution that libraries have made in delivering a range of services to the local community and the overall improvement of the service in the last few years and is keen to protect the service from further savings.
Why is this good news?
Because it ends an uncertainty that had been hanging over Tate South Lambeth library for the past three years while it was being funded not from the overall libraries budget but through a separate, special allocation of money. So each year it was unclear whether that money would continue or the full public library service at TSL be allowed to fade away.
Now TSL is back within the budget for Lambeth Libraries – which Susanna’s words show have received a vote of confidence from the Council.
Friends of TSL want to thank Susanna Barnes for running a library service that fully deserves recognition – and also Councillor Sonia Winifred (formerly library manager at TSL and Durning) who as holder of the libraries portfolio has been a staunch supporter of the service at a difficult period for Council finances..
You can find out more from Susanna Barnes at the next library public forum, at Tate South Lambeth on Saturday March 2nd.
So come along on Saturday March 2nd 2-4pm. Everyone is welcome – to ask questions and make their views known.