A strong presumption against intervention: no inquiry in Brent – Public Libraries News

Public Libraries News reports on the campaign in Brent.

 

Boyd Tonkin in The Independent

Has the axe woman thrown a boomerang?

The IndependentMaria Miller has fallen at the first hurdle. The novice culture secretary has refused to set up an inquiry into Brent council’s closure of six out of its 12 branch libraries. She finds the cuts justified by low usage, considers access to remaining branches to be adequate, and thinks that library policy should remain a local affair. This free pass handed to a deadbeat Labour council seems to give authorities rather more congenial to Miller carte blanche to wreck their own libraries. When this happens, she will not enjoy the political fall-out.

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