Equality & Human Rights Impact Assessments: Guidance for Local Authorities
Conwy County Borough Council used local socio-demographic information and consultation to avoid radical cuts in its library services that might have impacted adversely on older people and disabled people. ‘As a result of the consultation, the library service extended its mobile library and home library coverage, amended opening times in their five major libraries and has been engaged in working with local communities to set up Community Libraries in five localities to suit community demands. This has included greater use of volunteers to enhance the core service provided by the Local Authority’. Through working with the community, who have taken over the management of library buildings while the Local Authority provides a full professional library service, this work has prevented the five smaller libraries from being closed6.