Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Savings, What Savings?

All proposed library closures are planned for cost cutting. One of our Friends has decided to make a simple calculation...

47% of Kennington Library's visitors are over 60. This means 5,824 visits to the library by the elderly each year. If these people do as Keith Mitchell insists and visit the Oxford Library instead, that comes to 5,824 bus trips that the Oxfordshire County Council pays for through concessionary fares. The cost to the Council is £2.40 for a round trip, making a grand total of just under £14,000 per annum.

Kennington Library costs £25,000 per annum to run, less income of £4,000, making a net cost of £21,000. Thus closing Kennington Library will save the Council a mere £7,000 per annum.

What other unintended consequences arise from closing the local libraries, I wonder?

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