In response to the announcement made at the Future Libraries Conference today, Dan Jarvis MP, Shadow Minister for Culture stated,
“The announcements made by Ed Vaizey are lip service to the communities and libraries which he is failing across England.
“Since April 2011 153 libraries have either been closed or handed over to unfunded volunteers, and more than 240 are currently under threat. Whilst the additional fund for the Arts Council is to be welcomed, this will do very little to compensate for the 28% cut in funding which local authorities are facing.
“Ed Vaizey has hoped to pull the wool over our eyes but in reality has not addressed the single most important issue – a lack of strategic leadership and direction from the Government.
“The people who cherish libraries in their communities will not be fooled”