Children facing fines on borrowed books

Children facing fines on borrowed books Redcar and Cleveland Council has come under fire for its plans to charge children for borrowed library books. The Labour-run Council has, without warning, begun fining children for overdue books; with the youngest children fined at the same rate paid by adults. This move has angered local residents and has led Liberal Democrat MP Ian Swales to call on the Council to reconsider.Mr. Swales is concerned that this move could discourage parents from allowing their children to borrow books from the library. Commenting on the issue he said “Charges like these could put low income parents off letting their children use libraries when we should be doing all we can to encourage them to read. 1 “Studies show that the more access children have to books  the higher their reading ability is. Libraries should be a universal service for all children with no strings attached.” Ian added “I have written to the Chief Executive to voice my concerns as well as those of the residents who have contacted me. I have also requested more information on the decision. I hope the Council will reconsider this decision.”

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