Channel 4 tracks some of the the twists and turns of Sarah Teather's positioning on libraries here. Essentially, she is trying to avoid admitting that the £37 million cut in this year's Council budget carries an inevitable price in terms of cuts in Council services.
I thought her point about timing particularly disingenious. The timing is as determined by the government as the size of the cut. The financial settlement for Councils was only announced at the end of last year, and she knows that Councils are legally obliged to pass their budgets in time for Council Tax bills to be sent out.