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Lib Dem outrage at Wokingham Borough library privatisation

June 3, 2011 12:00 PM

The Liberal Democrats are outraged that Wokingham Borough Council is planning to privatise library services. At the meeting on 26th May, the Council's Executive gave the green light to begin discussions with commercial partners to run the Borough's libraries.

Cllr Prue Bray (Leader of Wokingham Liberal Democrats) said: 'I am appalled that the Executive have decided to begin talks with commercial partners to run the Borough's library services. Libraries are a valuable community resource that must be run for the benefit of communities not profit.

'Library services are being privatised for ideological reasons. They could be the first in a long line of services that could be outsourced by the Conservative council. History tells us that outsourcing leads to cuts. I can only hope this will not mean that libraries in the Borough will close.

'I am deeply concerned that the Executive have taken this decision without consulting anyone, with no detailed business case, and little in the way of background papers being made available to the public. I am sure there will be a great deal of opposition to this idea.'