Jarvis calls for answers over future of Britain's libraries
Date: 24/09/2012. Story submitted by: KevinS
Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis has written to culture minister Ed Vaizey, asking for answers on the future of library services across Britain.
Mr Jarvis, who is Labour’s shadow culture minister, said he was not convinced the government fully grasped the enormity of the challenge facing libraries.
“I want to know how the government plans to facilitate and incentivise efficiency in library services in our communities," Mr Jarvis said.
"To do that, I believe that they must have a framework which provides strategic coherence, support and advice to local authorities."
He called on Mr Vaizey to be "transparent with local authorities and library-users" by demonstrating a thorough understanding of the problems facing local authorities.
He added: “The government must clearly prove that they are committed to retaining vital library services in our communities, before it is too late.”
Mr Vaizey has announced plans for libraries across England, including help for underperforming local authorities, wi-fi in every library by 2015, and the aim of giving automatic library membership to primary school pupils.
Address: Regent Street Barnsley S70 9GG
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