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In October 2018 NALC expressed its view that a local council with the general power of competence (GPC) can trade and subsequently updated its related guidance note to reflect this.  NALC has now also made clear that the same factors relate to libraries and it is the legal team’s view that a local council with GPC can contribute to a library authority (county or unitary council) towards the cost of their library service.

The same goes for s.137 of the Local Government Act 1972. Whether such expenditure is a good use of s.137 funds would be a matter for an individual council to decide upon, also taking into account that councils have to act reasonably in their decision making.