Protesters have accused councillors of making ‘ideological cuts’ to Kirklees libraries at a protest this morning outside Huddersfield Town Hall .
Kirklees Council’s scrutiny panel is currently considering whether to refer its decision to cease funding 18 out of its 26 libraries back to the council’s cabinet .
The decision is due at around 2.15pm
Under the Labour cabinet’s decision just eight libraries would be council funded. The remainder would be run by local volunteers.
Two libraries – Thornhill Lees and Lepton – would close, as would the six mobile libraries.
One protestor said: “These are ideological cuts. The council has reserves and they don’t need to do this.
“Libraries are vital for our communities.”
The battle to try to stop the cuts has been backed by Huddersfield's internationally-renowned poet Simon Armitage .