Labour's Parliamentary Candidate, Jane East has responded to the consultation on library services that Kirklees council is currently undertaking.
"I strongly support the current consultation on library services in Kirklees, as I am concerned that they will become the most recent victims of this government’s axe. Many libraries are the central hub for their local community and help to reduce the isolation of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
I want to work with Labour councillors and the community to help plan how we can keep the best elements of library facilities whilst at the same time doing things differently. What concerns me most in this digital age is access to free internet services for people who cannot afford them at home. I have no doubt my opponents will claim they can save every library, without saying which other council services they would cut. Both Liberal Democrats and Tories need to acknowledge the impact of their government policies on local services and especially on the arts.
This Coalition Government has massively cut funding to local government with Kirklees seeing a cut of over £120 million in their budgets since this government came to power in2010. This is unquestionably having an impact on services which we all value. I support community ownership and am committed to discussing with residents about how services can be maintained when difficult financial choices have to be made."