Stephen Twigg will visit Upper Norwood Library on Monday 30 April  to discuss the impact of Government cuts with staff and library users. The library has recently been threatened with closure following the withdrawal of funding by Conservative-run Croydon Council. Labour-run Lambeth Council, who also part finance the library, are trying to protect the library from closure.
Stephen Twigg MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary said:
“Libraries are an incredibly important part of our cultural fabric. As well as giving young people the gift of reading, they also give adults the opportunity to access advice, look for employment and get on the internet.
“With one in three children without a book at home, it is worrying that the Government is overseeing a postcode lottery in library services.
“Two libraries a week are being closed or being threatened with closure.
“The ultimate responsibility for this lies with the Tory-led Government. But these figures show Labour councils are far more likely to protect what libraries they can.