Lib Dems call for Library cuts to end

At a meeting of Council on Thursday opposition Lib Dem councillors will call for an end of cuts to libraries in the city.

Their calls come after Labour announced that it was consulting on the closure of Holderness Road Library and reduction in opening hours at others.

Lib Dem councillors will call for cuts to the library service, due next year, to be scrapped.

Lib Dem Councillor Claire Thomas said: “Since 2011 Labour have cut libraries, reduced staff numbers and most recently closed the mobile library. They have done all this despite promises not to make cuts to front line services.”

“It didn’t have to be like this. Labour wasted money on consultants and city centre offices instead of investing in our library service. If they have £380,000 in the bank to buy Pacific Exchange then they have enough to keep libraries such as Holderness Road Library open.”

“The Lib Dems on the other hand have consistently argued that libraries are a vital local service at the heart of the community,” said Claire. “In each of our alternative budgets we have sought to protect them – something we will continue to do.”

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