Library Closures and the Public Sector Equality Duty: Libraries – 11 KBW

Posted March 22nd, 2012 in equality, libraries, local government, news by sally

“I [Elisabeth Laing QC] consider 6 topics in this paper
(1) the legislative framework
(2) the implied duty to assess need
(3) community groups
(4) Equality Impact Assessments (‘EIAs’) and libraries
(5) institutional arrangements
(6) the Localism Act 2011.”

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11 KBW, 22nd March 2012

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High Court orders Surrey library plans judicial review – BBC News

Posted February 6th, 2012 in budgets, injunctions, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“A judicial review of Surrey County Council’s plans for some libraries to be run by volunteers has been ordered by the High Court.”

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BBC News, 4th February 2012

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Brent library closures: Supreme Court rejects appeal bid – BBC News

Posted February 6th, 2012 in appeals, budgets, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“The Supreme Court has refused to allow campaigners fighting to save six north-west London libraries permission to appeal against a court’s decision.”

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BBC News, 3rd February 2012

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Council spent £70,000 fighting judicial review of library closures – The Guardian

Posted January 24th, 2012 in costs, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“A council that had its library restructuring plans quashed in the high court spent more than £70,000 fighting the judicial review.”

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The Guardian, 24th January 2012

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Court halts Surrey library volunteers plan – BBC News

Posted January 23rd, 2012 in injunctions, libraries, local government, news, volunteers by sally

“Campaigners have won a High Court injunction stopping Surrey County Council from replacing paid staff at 10 libraries with volunteers.”

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BBC News, 21st January 2012

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Brent library closure campaigners lose legal battle – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2011 in judicial review, libraries, local government, news by tracey

“Campaigners have failed in a legal bid to thwart the closure of several libraries in north-west London.”

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BBC News, 19th December 2011

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Successful challenge to library closures: lip service not enough for equality duties – Shaheen Rahman – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 24th, 2011 in judicial review, libraries, news by sally

“In the administrative court, the decisions of two local authorities to withdraw funding for library services were held to be unlawful.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th November 2011

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Court allows challenges against library closures – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2011 in appeals, budgets, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“Campaigners won the latest legal battle over library closures when a judge in London allowed challenges against plans to shut libraries in Gloucestershire and Somerset.”

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The Guardian, 16th November 2011

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More cuts: Library closure challenge fails – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 21st, 2011 in appeals, budgets, children, injunctions, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“The duty to provide library services for children was one of the key arguments advanced by campaigners in Brent challenging the council’s decision to close 6 of its 12 libraries. Reliance was placed upon section 7 of the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964. This requires local authorities to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th October 2011

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Go-ahead for Brent library closure appeal – The Independent

Posted October 19th, 2011 in appeals, budgets, demonstrations, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“A judge has ordered an urgent hearing of an appeal against a landmark decision giving the go-ahead for the closure of six libraries.”

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The Independent, 19th October 2011

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Brent library campaigners lose court bid against closures – BBC News

Posted October 13th, 2011 in judicial review, libraries, news by tracey

“Campaigners have lost their High Court bid to save six libraries in north-west London which were marked for closure to cut council spending.”

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BBC News, 13th October 2011

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Library cuts challenge blocked – The Independent

Posted July 27th, 2011 in budgets, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by tracey

“Campaigners against library cuts have had their High Court challenge blocked. A judge ruled they had delayed too long in seeking judicial review of Isle of Wight proposals to stop funding five libraries on the island.”

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The Independent, 26th July 2011

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Fight to save local libraries gets its day in court – The Independent

Posted July 18th, 2011 in judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“A landmark hearing on Tuesday will mark the first judicial review into proposed library closures in Britain as disgruntled campaigners prepare to take their case to the courts.”

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The Independent, 17th July 2011

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Boost for library campaign as court orders judicial review – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 11th, 2011 in judicial review, libraries, news by sally

“The campaign to save Britain’s libraries from council cuts has been given a significant boost after a court ordered a judicial review into some of the closures.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th July 2011

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Vereniging van Educatieve en Wetenschappelijke Auteurs (VEWA) v Belgische Staat – WLR Daily

Posted July 6th, 2011 in copyright, EC law, fees, law reports, libraries by sally

Vereniging van Educatieve en Wetenschappelijke Auteurs (VEWA) v Belgische Staat (Case C-271/10); [2011] WLR (D) 216

“National legislation establishing a system under which the remuneration payable to authors in the event of public lending was calculated exclusively according to the number of borrowers registered with public establishments on the basis of a flat-rate amount fixed per borrower and per year was contrary to article 5(1) of Council Directive 92/100/EEC of 19 November 1992 on rental right and lending right and on certain rights related to copyright in the field of intellectual property (OJ 2006 L376, p28).”

WLR Daily, 30th June 2011

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Libraries should pay copyright owners based on number of works and borrowers, says ECJ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 4th, 2011 in copyright, libraries, news by sally

“The compensation that music artists and film producers are due when their copyrighted material is made temporarily available to the public should not be exclusively based on set fees, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th July 2011

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High Court challenge to library closures in the West – BBC News

Posted May 4th, 2011 in budgets, judicial review, libraries, local government, news by sally

“Two county councils which want to close libraries in the west of England are facing a judicial review.”

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BBC News, 3rd May 2011

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Government needs more costs information for online content storage plans – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 11th, 2011 in consultations, internet, legislation, libraries, media, news, publishing by sally

“The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) had consulted with publishers and legal deposit libraries (LDLs) over plans for libraries to have access to online, as well as printed, content.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th April 2011

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Government puts legal protection for libraries up for review – The Guardian

Posted March 17th, 2011 in legislation, libraries, local government, news by sally

“Initiative to scrap ‘burdensome’ duties on local authorities will review requirement to provide ‘comprehensive and efficient’ library service”

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The Guardian, 17th March 2011

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Library campaigners mount legal challenges to closures – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2011 in budgets, judicial review, libraries, news by sally

“Pressure is building on culture secretary Jeremy Hunt over library closures, with the mounting of two new legal challenges.”

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The Guardian, 1st March 2011

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