Thousands sign petition in support of Somerset libraries
PUBLISHED: 14:00 20 September 2017
More than 3,000 people have signed a petition opposing possible funding cuts for libraries.
The Mercury reported last month that Somerset County Council is looking at the option of transferring the running of library services to community groups as it aims to save £12million in next year’s budget.
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The petition’s creator, Kris Scotting, said: “Libraries are places of learning and sources of information – they provide a valuable community resource.
“In these times of austerity, they provide for families who otherwise couldn’t afford the resources to teach their children, and for those on low incomes trying to better themselves.
“These are the reasons why the Victorians established public libraries and for the benefit of all they should be kept open, free and public.”