Library cuts plans approved by Herefordshire Council

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Plans to cut staff numbers and opening hours at libraries across Herefordshire have been approved by councillors.

The authority is trying to cut about £700,000 from its libraries budget by sharing library buildings and relying more on volunteers.

A 1.9% rise in council tax has also been approved in the plans to go before full council next month.

Some back office staff could lose their jobs from April to save £1.2m, the council said.

The Conservative-led authority needs to save £33m by 2018.

Libraries in Hereford, Leominster and Bromyard will be protected from most of the changes, Matthew Bone, BBC Hereford and Worcester political reporter said.

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