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HACKNEY TO CLOSE HALF ITS LIBRARIES

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Hackney LBC is planning to close eight of its 14 libraries in a bid to save£300,000 a year to be reinvested in sta...
Hackney LBC is planning to close eight of its 14 libraries in a bid to save £300,000 a year to be reinvested in staff, stock and an Internet service.

Labour education committee chair David Phillips defended the proposal: 'The squeeze on spending means we cannot sustain library facilities with the current number of buildings.'

The proposal has been attacked by Liberal Democrat group leader Kevin Daws, who claimed the council's consultation paper, circulated to 90,000 people, received only 1,100 replies, less than the number of people signing petitions opposing the closure programme.

Mr Daws said he 'found it bizarre that the proposed Internet service, which is about access to information, should be funded by closing libraries'.

'The closure of local libraries means the elderly, disabled and mothers with young children will be denied the service due to increased travelling distances,' he said.
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