£20m subsidy for wealthy, £50K cut for poor from Tories
Worcestershire County Council, known as the Corporate Plan, reveals
that a further £50,000 is to be removed from The Hive and other public
libraries in 2015/16. There are plans for even bigger cuts in the following
Labour councillors are concerned that this could reduce the number of
new books bought and access to the internet in our libraries.
Councillor Paul Denham, Labour spokesman for children and families
said, “Our Conservative leadership signed a £20 million deal to make
high speed broadband available to 90% of households, mainly in rural
areas. But almost half of residents living in social housing cannot afford
even slow internet access at home, let alone high-speed broadband.
Poorer families depend heavily on public libraries to access the internet
and borrow books. Their children’s educational opportunities will be
reduced when these cuts go ahead.
“Once again, we see local Tory politicians spending our taxes looking
after the wealthier areas of the county and ignoring those with greater
needs, including many local residents in Tolladine, Brickfields, Dines
Green and Warndon areas of Worcester.”