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A south London borough which closed two libraries to 'save' money is spending more than twice as much on security as it would have cost to keep them open.
Ultra-Blairite Lambeth Council laughed off mass community opposition - and an occupation (see socialistparty.org.uk) - to shut the two sites. Its plan is to convert them into private gyms. The excuse, as ever, was "blah blah Tory cuts blah difficult decisions blah."
A Freedom of Information response gave the private security costs as £2,212 a day. Lambeth's 2014-15 budget said the combined running cost for both was £874 a day.
Most Labour councillors don't pass on cuts because they 'don't have a choice'. They do it because they agree with them. Corbyn should follow TUSC's example and give a fighting lead to those who don't - by calling for legal no-cuts budgets.
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