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Lunar Society back the campaign against Birmingham's library cuts

The Lunar Society - a group which encourages debate over issues in Birmingham - have backed a campaign against the city's Library cuts.

Despite the City Council announcing plans to reduce opening hours and make half of the staff redundant to save money, the society think other options should be considered.

The ideas they have put forward include commercial sponsorship, alternative management solutions and a setting up a separate development trust.

Volunteers needed to run Leicestershire's libraries

Volunteers are key to keeping local libraries alive. Credit: ITV News Central

People are being encouraged to register their interest to run Leicestershire's libraries.

Volunteers are needed to manage 36 community libraries with support from the county council.

Last year following a consultation in May, the county council agreed to a series of measures to save eight hundred thousand pounds from its £5.6m library budget.

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Lincoln City Council facing 16% funding cuts by Government

Lincoln City Council and Lincolnshire County Council have both announced that further cuts to their funding have been made by Central Government.

Funding cuts made at Lincoln City Council and Lincolnshire County Council Credit: ITV News Central

City of Lincoln Council says it is facing a 16% reduction in the money it has for next year compared to last. Meanwhile, Lincolnshire County Council says it expects to receive around 14% less funding than last year.

Both councils say they were expecting the cuts and intend to protect frontline services where possible.

Early Christmas pay packet does finances more harm than good, says survey

Many people will be paid on Friday to help with the Christmas shopping Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Many people will be paid early this Friday as employers do their bit to help with the cost of Christmas.

But a survey by Experian has found that three quarters of people in the West Midlands say the gesture does their finances more harm than good - in the East Midlands, that figure rises to 83 per cent.

Around a third of people in the East Midlands and half of people in the West Midlands say the early pay packet makes it harder for them to pay their bills in January.

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Christmas Ball in memory of cancer boy Ethan

A Lincolnshire-based children's charity is hosting a festive event this evening in memory of a young boy who lost his battle to cancer earlier this year.

Ethan Maul Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Ethan Maull 'Up Yours To Cancer' Foundation will stage its annual Black and White Christmas Ball tonight at Jocasta's in Lincoln.

The charity ball is in memory of ten-year-old Ethan, who passed away on 5th May 2014 after losing his battle against cancer.

Ethan and his family, who live in Torksey near Lincoln, set up the foundation in 2013 to help raise awareness of osteosarcoma after he was diagnosed with the rare form of children's bone cancer in December 2012.

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Lincoln gears up for 32nd Xmas Market

The oldest traditional Christmas market in the UK gets underway this lunchtime.

Lincoln Christmas Market Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Lincoln Christmas Market is expected to attract more than a quarter of a million visitors over the next four days.

And with more than two hundred stalls nestled in and around the city's magnificent cathedral and castle there's plenty to get them in the festive spirit.

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