Public librarians were warned today not to expect government protection from the cuts that are themselves the direc...
Public librarians were warned today not to expect government protection from the cuts that are themselves the direct consequence of government policies. The warning came from Chris Heinitz, chair of the leisure and tourism committee of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities.
Addressing the public libraries authorities' conference in Torquay, Mr Heinitz said: 'I know well that there are librarians who are now looking to the government to protect their service against the cuts that councillors are making. That reaches the extremity of political naievete.
'Everything this government has done in the last few years with regard to local government has been aimed at cutting the expenditure and restricting choice.'