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BBC News - Are libraries a priority in a downturn? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
BBC News - Are libraries a priority in a downturn?
"When Chancellor George Osborne announced the biggest public spending cuts in decades in December 2010, he declared: "It is a hard road, but it leads to a better future." Thirteen months on and the effects on local authorities across the country have been keenly felt, with councils having to make difficult choices in all areas of service provision. A perhaps unexpected flashpoint for council taxpayers and local authorities has been over library services." - M F from Bookmarklet
In a downturn when people cannot afford much and income is squeezed, then anything that makes worthy activities available free are crucial. Libraries are one of them, so are parks, public footpaths, free museums etc. Else adults and children are left with TV... - Iphigenie