The council, led by Labour, is proposing to cut Explore York’s funding by £300,000 per year for two years, prompting concern from the organization’s directors. They state that the council cannot unilaterally reduce funding due to a 15-year contract. In response, Cllr Andrew Hollyer, a prospective parliamentary candidate for York Outer, has launched a petition urging the council to reconsider its plans. The Labour council argues that the funding cuts are necessary to address a significant budget shortfall. Despite this, Hollyer and others are rallying to save the city’s libraries, which they see as a crucial part of York’s identity. Explore York operates independently from the council as a mutual society owned by the people of York.
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